Marc Shell

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Marc Shell, born 1947 in Montreal, is a Canadian literary critic. He has interests in nationalism and kinship. He serves as Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Harvard University.[1] Over 5 of his publications have each been cited over 100 times.[2]


Shell studied at McGill University and Trinity College, Cambridge, and earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Before Harvard, he taught at The State University of New York (Buffalo) and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).[3] Shell received a MacArthur Fellowship.

"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 books,[4]

Forthcoming works in this area include the following:

  • 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 the co-founder of Harvard's Longfellow Institute, which is devoted to the study of Non-English American literatures, relevant books about translation, language policy and bilingualism that 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 2015 forthcoming)


  1. ^ "Marc Shell". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Marc Shell". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Marc Shell". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
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