Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside
M.A., English, Arizona State University
B.A., English, emphasis on creative writing, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Nowell Marshall specializes in critical theory, Romantic and Gothic literature, and the history of gender, sexuality, and emotion. His book Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini (Bucknell University Press, 2013) theorizes the social and psychological causes of depression and violence in people who over invest in gender norms from the late eighteenth century to the present.

He is currently writing two more books. The first, Gothic Whiteness: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Monster Narratives, theorizes the relationship between excessive whiteness, gender, sexuality, and monstrosity, spanning from late 18th-century British literature through Romantic and Victorian texts to contemporary American Gothic authors such as Anne Rice. The second project, Transgender Bodies, Gothic Histories, explores how and why Gothic authors strategically appropriate the transgender body. An essay on transgender performance in male gothic authors William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, and Lord Byron is forthcoming from Routledge in 2017.

Dr. Marshall has also published on 20th-century British literature (Virginia Woolf), contemporary American literature (Andrew Holleran), post-9/11 bodily rhetorics in cybercultural communities (City of Heroes), and Marxist science-fiction in the postapocalyptic film Death Race.

He teaches the gateway theory survey for English majors (ENG 240), upper-division literature courses in 19th- and 20th-century literature (American post-1900, British 1780-1900), core literature courses for non-majors, occasional courses through the Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies programs, and courses in the composition sequence.

He has developed ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality, a new course for majors is offered across a variety of periods, ENG 275 Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature, a course that introduces non-majors to the concept of posthumanism in speculative and futuristic literature, and AMS 350 American Gothic, a course for American Studies and English majors. He is currently developing courses on transgender studies, LGBT literature, and affect theory.


  • ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality (as Gothic Literature and Sexuality and The Literary History of Sexuality)
  • ENG 353 Contemporary (Postmodern) American Literature
  • ENG 352 20th-Century American Literature
  • ENG 345 Romantic Literature, 1780-1830
  • ENG 275 Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature
  • ENG 240 Methods of Literary Analysis
  • ENG 221 Literature and Psychology
  • ENG 220 Hidden Worlds: Literature, Society, and Escapism
  • ENG 214 Monsters in Literature: Romantic Monstrosity and Its Legacy
  • GND 400 The Literature of AIDS
  • GND 300 Feminist Literary Criticism
  • AMS 350 American Gothic
  • CMP 125 Research Writing
  • CMP 120 Expository Writing