:: CHAIR: Roberts, Jennifer L
(For more complete information, visit Professor Shell's homepage: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~mshell)
Marc Shell is the Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English. He is also a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. His research covers a broad spectrum of places and languages ranging from ancient to post-modern times. Particular theoretical and thematic interests include:
Professor Shell's books in the area of economics and asthetics include: Art & Money (Chicago UP 1994); Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophical Economies from the Medieval to the Modern Era (California UP 1982); and The Economy of Literature (Johns Hopkins UP 1978). The Painting in the Trash Bin: Otis Kaye and the Perplexities of Art is forthcoming (Chicago UP January 2008).
Work in the area of nationhood and language difference includes Children of the Earth: Literature, Politics, and Nationhood (Oxford UP 1994) as well as several studies of bilingualism and language rights in Québec, New Brunswick, and elsewhere in the world. Together with the political philosopher Professor Susan Meld Shell (Boston College), he is completing a book on Alexis de Tocqueville and the prison systems of the United States.
Professor Shell's writings about kinship and the European Renaissance include Elizabeth's Glass; with "The Glass of the Sinful Soul" (1544) by Elizabeth I; and "Epistle Dedicatory" & "Conclusion" (1548) by John Bale (Nebraska UP 1994); and The End of Kinship: "Measure for Measure," Incest, and the Ideal of Universal Siblinghood (Stanford UP 1988).
He is also interested in non-English languages & literatures of the United States. In 1995 He co-founded (with Professor Werner Sollors), The Longfellow Institute, Harvard. He also co-edits The Longfellow Series, which publishes books at four presses. The series includes The Multilingual Anthology of the United States (New York UP 2001), co-edited by Marc Shell and Werner Sollors, with its facing-page format and eighteen languages; Mark Twain's Multilingual “Jumping Frog” (Johns Hopkins UP forthcoming); American Babel: American Literatures from Abnaki to Zuni (Harvard UP 2002).
Professor Shell's other major interest is Disability & Medical Studies, and he is the author of two books in this area: Stutter (Harvard UP 2005) and Polio and Its Aftermath: The Paralysis of Culture (Harvard UP 2006). His teaching in this area often includes faculty members from other schools. “Paralysis and Aesthetics” is taught with faculty from the Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. “Language Disorders and the Literary Tradition” was taught with Professor Evangeline Stefanakis of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Laboratory in Child Development at Tufts. For the last seven years, Professor Shell has served on the General Commitee of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Boston).
Professor Shell is serving, and/or has served, on the following American Civilization dissertation committee(s):
“Figurations of Catastrophe: The Poetics and Politics of AIDS Loss” (Dagmawi Woubshet)
“The Culture of Promises: Literary Ethics and American Cultural Politics, 1820-1870” (Penny Tucker)