Associate Professor of English

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Fine Arts 334
Nowell Marshall

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 Romantic and gothic literature; the eighteenth-century, Romantic, and Victorian novel; critical theory; the history of sexuality, queer, and transgender studies; emotion/affect studies; critical race/whiteness studies; and science fiction, posthuman, and monster narratives. His book Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini (Bucknell University Press, 2013; reissued in paperback 2017) 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 eighteenth-century British literature through Romantic and Victorian texts to contemporary American Gothic authors. The second project, Trans Bodies, Gothic Histories, explores how and why eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British gothic authors strategically appropriated the transgender body. The first essay from this project tracing the gothic history of the transgender body in works by William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, and Lord Byron appeared in TransGothic in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017).

Dr. Marshall has also published on twentieth-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), occasional upper-division literature courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature (American post-1900, British 1680-1900), core literature courses for non-majors, courses through the Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies programs, and courses in the composition sequence.

He developed ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality, a new course for majors that 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; AMS 350 American Gothic, a course for American Studies and English majors; and GND 375 Transgender Narratives, a course designed to introduce students to key issues in the field of transgender studies. He is currently developing a course on Literature and Emotion: Affect Theory.


  • ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality (as Gothic Literature and Sexuality, The Literary History of Sexuality, and Queer Literature)
  • 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
  • ENG 211 Major British Authors
  • GND 400 The Literature of AIDS
  • GND 375 Transgender Narratives
  • GND 300 Feminist Literary Criticism
  • GND 245 Popular Constructions of Gender and Sexuality
  • AMS 350 American Gothic
  • CMP 125 Research Writing
  • CMP 120 Expository Writing