Associate Professor

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Cody Marrs (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) teaches and writes about American literature before Modernism. His work on literary aesthetics, periodization, and the Civil War has appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, and J19, and in edited volumes such as A History of Civil War Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and The New Dickinson Studies (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). He is the author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2015), a book about the Civil War's "transbellum" dimensions. Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and reviewed in journals such as American Literature, Common-Place, and the Journal of American Studies.

He is the editor of two recent books. His edited collection The New Melville Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2019) explores how to read Melville today, in light of the twenty-first century’s ecological, philosophical, and artistic concerns. He is also the co-editor, with Christopher Hager, of Timelines of American Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), a collection of essays that seek to redraw and redefine the periods of American literary history. Organized around a range of new, unorthodox periods, Timelines offers fresh ways to understand American literature and conceive of the literary past.

A recipient of the Hennig Cohen Prize in Melville studies, UGA's Presidential Early Career Award, and fellowships from the Newberry Library, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, and the Willson Center for the Humanities at UGA, he is currently writing two books. The first, American Mythologies: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War (under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press), is about the plots that have shaped American understandings of the Civil War from the 1860s to today. The second, On Melville and Beauty, explores aesthetic experiences of non-sovereignty in Melville’s writings, and why they matter. He also serves as the Series Editor for Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, a four-volume series forthcoming from Cambridge University Press that synthesizes recent shifts and changes in nineteenth-century American literary studies.

 

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Authored Book:

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Edited Books:

Timelines of American Literature, co-edited with Christopher Hager (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

The New Melville Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Guest Editor:

Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Special Issue on "Late Melvilles," 18.3 (October 2016).

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Dickinson's Physics," forthcoming in The New Dickinson Studies, ed. Michelle Kohler (Cambridge University Press)

"The Civil War in African American Memory," forthcoming in African American Literature in Transition, 1865-1880, eds. Eric Gardner and Joycelyn Moody (Cambridge University Press)

"1866 and After: Jane Jackson, Herman Melville, and the Literature of Emancipation," forthcoming in Picturing Eloquence: The Civil War in Word and Image, eds. Kathleen Diffley and Benjamin Fagan (University of Georgia Press)

"Drum-Taps and the Chaos of War," forthcoming in This Mighty Convulsion: Whitman and Melville Write the Civil War, eds. Christopher Sten and Tyler Hoffman (University of Iowa Press)

"Three Theses on Reconstruction," American Literary History 30.3 (Fall 2018): 407-428

"Dickinson in the Anthropocene," ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 63.2 (2017): 201-225

"Introduction: Late Melvilles," Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 18.3 (October 2016): 1-10.

"Afterword: Archiving the War," co-authored with Christopher Hager, in A History of American Civil War Literature, ed. Coleman Hutchison (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

"Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth Century," co-authored with Christopher Hager, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.2 (Fall 2013): 259-284. 

"Frederick Douglass in 1848," American Literature 85.3 (September 2013): 447-473.

"Clarel and the American Centennial," Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 13.3 (October 2011): 98-114.

"Whitman's Latencies: Hegel and the Politics of Time in Leaves of Grass," Arizona Quarterly 67.1 (Spring 2011): 47-72.

"A Wayward Art: Battle-Pieces and Melville's Poetic Turn," American Literature 82.1 (March 2010): 91–119. (Awarded the Hennig Cohen Prize for the best essay or chapter in Melville studies.)

 

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