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Professor Nicky Marsh is a Professor of English at the University of Southampton.

I became a member of Southampton's teaching staff in September 1998 after studying at the University of Durham and the University of Southampton: I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, and to Professor in 2012. I work closely with Southampton's Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing. My research is on late 20th and 21st century British and American literatures, theories of gender, postmodernism, poetics and economics.




Research interests

I welcome applications for postgraduate study of contemporary British or American fiction and poetry. I have particular interests in experimental or late modernist writing, gender and feminism, democracy and the public, and literary economics.

Research projects

I have recently begun working on a project entitled The Empire Without Credit: Money and Meaning in Postwar American Fiction.

I am currently working on a cultural and literary history of the ending of the gold standard. This has been widely viewed as an epochal moment, one that shaped the political, cultural, and aesthetic vocabularies in the following four decades. It was the moment of political globalization, of cultural postmodernism, and of aesthetic abstraction. This book reassesses this familiarly lapsarian narrative by exploring the active re-writing of the dollar that occurred in this period. It draws on the methodologies of literary, cultural and visual studies to provide a narrative for the dollar more complex and more contested than the theoretical consensus of anti-mimeticism implies.  It argues that, far from signalling a crisis in representation, that the ending of the gold standard enabled a new and paradoxical dynamic of credit for American neo-imperialism to emerge.

I am also part of a large AHRC project working on Finance and Culture.

The project includes a collaboration between staff at the Universities of Manchester, Southampton and Edinburgh and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, is facilitated by £87,000 follow-on funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. They curated an exhibition entitled ‘Show Me the Money! The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present' that opened at the NGCA in May/June 2014, before moving to the Chawton House Library, the John Hansard Gallery and Manchester's People's History Museum.

I now lead the team, that also includes Helen Paul from Southampton's Economics Department and James Taylor from Lancaster, with a new large AHRC project entitled The History of Financial Advice.

Research project(s)

International Writing Project - Dormant

The project involved visits and readings by leading international writers, a conference on international migration, and creative writing workshops with local schoolchildren.


Literature and Globalization (ed with Liam Connell) (London: Routledge, 2010)
This collection is the first to map the complex ways in which literature has contributed to the interdisciplinary debates surrounding contemporary models of globalization. Its three sections provide a survey of the key positions within globalization studies, an account of the reception of globalization studies within English studies, and a range of case studies exploring how globalization has impacted upon the reading, teaching and writing of contemporary literature.

Teaching Modernist Poetry (ed with Peter Middleton) (London: Palgrave, 2010)
This collection of essays offers new ways of teaching the long history of 20th and 21st century modernisms. It addresses issues including modernism and science, modernism and gender, modernism and race, digital poetry, creative writing and the modernist inheritance.

Money, Finance, and Speculation in Recent British Fiction (London: Continuum, 2007)
This book examines the range of strategies that contemporary fiction has offered for revealing, countering, and qualifying the disabling mystification sustained by money’s ‘fictiousness’ - its ability to be everywhere and nowhere, everything and nothing. It suggests that contemporary fiction has interrogated this powerful rhetoric through making apparent the self-revelations inherent in the dissembling languages of discipline and pleasure that have persistently constructed and supported the money economy. It draws on the contemporary economies of Keynes, Friedman and Hayek and reads them against novels including Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, Martin Amis’ Money, and Alan Hollinghurst’s Line of Beauty.

Democracy in Contemporary US Women’s Poetry (New York: Palgrave, 2007)
‘American Literary Readings in the 21st Century’ series, ed by Linda Martin-Wagner.
This book analyses the contributions of contemporary women poets to discussions about the democratic tradition in US literary culture. It reads the increasingly public interventions of women poets through recent gender theory, specifically debates about citizenship and publicness, and suggests that this poetry offers new kinds of democratic cultures and possibilities. Poets examined in the work include Susan Howe, June Jordan, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, Rita Dove, Carolyn Forche, Harryette Mullen, and Juliana Spahr.



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Professor Nicky Marsh
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