Marc Shell

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Marc Shell, born 1947 in Montreal, is a Canadian literary critic, currently Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Harvard University.

"New Economic Criticism"[edit]

Shell is one of the forerunners, along with Jean-Joseph Goux and others, of the literary-critical movement that has been dubbed 'New Economic Criticism.' His contributions to the study of relations between linguistic and literary economies are encompassed in several influential books, including

Forthcoming works in this area include the following:

Other Areas of Research[edit]

Nationalism and kinship: Shell has also worked on issues of in a number of essays and books. Many are concerned with the European Renaissance. These include:

  • The End of Kinship: "Measure for Measure," Incest, and the Ideal of Universal Siblinghood (Stanford 1988).
  • Children of the Earth: Literature, Politics, and Nationhood (Oxford 1993).
  • Elizabeth's Glass: With "The Glass of the Sinful Soul" (1544) by Elizabeth I and "Epistle Dedicatory" and "Conclusion" (1548) by John Bale (Nebraska 1995).

Multilingualism: Shell is co-founder of Harvard's Longfellow Institute, devoted to the study of non-English American literatures. Relevant books about translation, language policy, and bilingualism include:

  • The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature (NYU ed. 2000).
  • American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni (Harvard ed. 2002).

Disability studies: Shell's books in disability studies include works about paralysis and stuttering.

  • Polio and its Aftermath (Harvard 2005).
  • Stutter (Harvard 2006).

Canada and the United States: Shell's writings about Canada and the United States include:

  • French-Canadian / American Literary Relations (McGill French Canada Studies Centre 1968).
  • Grand Manan: or, A Short History of North America (McGill-Queens 2008 forthcoming).

Awards and degrees[edit]

Shell has received a MacArthur Fellowship. He studied at McGill University and Trinity College, Cambridge, and earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Before going to Harvard, he taught at The State University of New York (Buffalo) and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

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