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.
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.
The project involved visits and readings by leading international writers, a conference on international migration, and creative writing workshops with local schoolchildren.
Professor Nicky Marsh
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Room Number: 65/2027
Telephone: (023) 8059 6707