Kelly Marsh teaches courses on the twentieth-century British and Irish novel, twentieth-century Irish literature, contemporary literature, women’s literature, literature and film, and others. Her research on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction includes articles on works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Mary McCarthy, Helen Fielding, and Roddy Doyle. Her current book project is a narratological approach to novels of motherless daughters from Austen, Brontë, and Dickens through Elizabeth Bowen and Edith Wharton to Alice Walker, Arundhati Roy, and others. She served as Acting Department Head for the Department of English during the Spring 2012 term.
Ph.D. 1997 The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. 1993 The Pennsylvania State University
B.A. 1990 Dartmouth College
Contemporary literature, twentieth-century British and Irish novel, women and literature
- Contemporary British Fiction and Narrative Theory
- After Empire: British and Irish Women’s Fiction in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
- Twentieth-Century British and Irish Novel
- Survey of Contemporary Literature
- Literature and Film
- Postcolonial Literature of Ireland (graduate)
“Empathy, Authority, and the Narrative Ethics of Truman Capote’s ‘La Côte Basque, 1965.’” Journal of Narrative Theory. Forthcoming.
“ ‘This posthumous life of mine’: Tragic Overliving in the Plays of Marina Carr.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 30.1 (2011): 117-139.
“The Mother’s Unnarratable Pleasure and the Submerged Plot of Persuasion.” Narrative 17:1 (2009): 76-94. (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/narrative/v017/17.1.marsh.html)
“Dead Husbands and Other ‘Girls’ Stuff’: The Trifles in Legally Blonde.” Literature/Film Quarterly 33:3 (2005): 201-205.
“Jane Eyre and the Pursuit of the Mother’s Pleasure.” South Atlantic Review 69.3/4 (2004): 81- 106.
“Contextualizing Bridget Jones.” College Literature 31.1 (2004): 52-72.
“Roddy Doyle’s ‘Bad Language’ and the Limits of Community.” Critique 45.2 (2004): 147-59.
“‘All my habits of mind’: Performance and Identity in the Novels of Mary McCarthy.” Studies in the Novel 34.3 (2002): 303-319.
“The Neo-Sensation Novel: A Contemporary Genre in the Victorian Tradition.” Philological Quarterly 74.1 (1995): 99-123.
Professional Honors and Awards:
- Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher Award, 2006.
- Outstanding Faculty Award. Shackouls Honors College, MSU, 2005.
- Winner of the South Atlantic Review Essay Prize, 2005.
- Selected for the NEH Summer Seminar "Narrative Theory: Rhetoric and
Ethics in Fiction and Nonfiction," led by James Phelan at The Ohio State University, 2005.
- Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Pennsylvania State University, 1997.
- College of the Liberal Arts Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. The Pennsylvania State University, 1996.
- Referee PMLA, Modern Language Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies.
- Planning Committee, International Conference on Narrative, 2007 and 2012.