Stephen Taylor Marsh

Stephen Taylor Marsh

M.St. English and American Studies, University of Oxford, 2015.

B.A. Literature, Yale University, 2013.

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Stephen is a doctoral student in English at Brown University.  His research focuses on the theorization of democracy as a rhetorical and narrative form in the literature and criticism of the twentieth century United States, especially its relationship with conceptions of the “American ideal” and the public intellectual. More broadly, he engages debates around the status of critique in contemporary humanities scholarship.  
He is also interested in digital humanities (especially digital archiving and web preservation), the (post)modern novel, life writing, and critical theory.  In the 2017-2018 academic year, Stephen held a Mellon Graduate Fellowship in  Collaborative Humanities, administered by the Cogut Institute for the  Humanities at Brown.


"Self-Sacrifice in the Autobiographical Narration of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King." Biography, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 111-128.

"The Other at the Origin: Responsibility, Difference, and the Consolidation of the Subject in Jacques Derrida’s Introduction to the Origin of Geometry and The Gift of Death." Madison Journal of Literary Criticism, vol. 3, no. 1, 2013, pp. 60-73.

Courses Taught:

ENGL0200 Thinking in Dark Times: Crisis and the Literary Imagination (Fall  2018)

ENGL0900 Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay (Spring 2019)

Research and Teaching Interests:

American Literature and Culture; African American Studies and the Black Atlantic; Queer Theory/Gay and Lesbian Studies; Literary and Cultural Theory; Studies in the Novel; 20th-Century and Contemporary; History of Literary Criticism