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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.
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.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
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 exploring the role of financial innovation in post-war US culture. This project argues that sudden shifts in the financial marketplace have had an important but frequently misunderstood or disregarded effect on cultural life, producing new meanings for notions of value, work, risk, land and nationhood. The project focuses on the cultural and fictional responses to the emergence of a number of ‘new markets’ - including the Eurodollar market in the late 1950s, the Chicago futures markets in the early 1970s, the de-regulation of the Savings and Loans industry in the 1980s, and the appearance of derivatives and Hedge Funds in the 1990s.
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
Room Number: 65/1003
Telephone: (023) 8059 6707