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Sarah Marsh Professorial Lecturer Literature

Additional Positions at AU
Director | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Degrees
MFA, Poetry - University of Pittsburgh (2006); MA, Literature - UNC-Chapel Hill (2008); PhD, Literature - UNC-Chapel Hill (2013)

Favorite Spot on Campus
In the classroom!
Book Currently Reading
They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South
Bio
Sarah Marsh is a scholar of medical humanities who joined AU's Department of Literature in 2015, and the Critical Race and Gender Studies Collaborative in 2019. Dr. Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied British literature and the history of medicine. At AU, Dr. Marsh teaches at the intersections of literature, medical humanism, and the legal history of the body. Dr. Marsh's work is published in Literature & Medicine, The Keats-Shelley Journal, Children's Literature, The New Hibernia Review, Short Story Criticism, Women's Studies, and Studies in the Novel. Her forthcoming publications include work on gender, race, and monstrosity in global children's fiction (Bloomsbury); gender and hypochondria in Jane Austen's last novel fragment (Routledge); and Austen's political critique of James Somerset's 1772 slave trial in her abolition-era novel, Mansfield Park (Eighteenth-Century Studies). Dr. Marsh's book project, Constituting Britons: Law, Medicine, and the Roots of Scientific Racism in Anglo-American Culture, identifies early modern Britons' ideal of embodied liberty--what they called their "constitution"--as a major source of racial apartheid in the anglophone Atlantic. In support of this project, Dr. Marsh will be a 2020 Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute Libraries in Washington, DC.
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