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Celia Marshik

Professor, Department of English
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1999
Modernism and cultural studies; literature and law; British modernism
Affiliation: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Humanities 2020 | 631-632-7415
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Twitter: @CeliaMarshik

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  • Biography


    Celia Marshik is a product of the Big Ten: she holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota (English/Women's Studies) and a Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on British modernism, including the relationships between literature and the law and between modernism and cultural studies. She is the author of British Modernism and Censorship(Cambridge University Press), At the Mercy of Their Clothes: Modernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture(Columbia University Press), and of  Modernism, Sex and Gender  (Bloomsbury Publishing) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal ELN on the topic “Fashion’s Borders” (October 2022) and is at work on an edition of E. M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady for Oxford World Classics.

    Read an excerpt from Modernism, Sex and Gender here.

  • Publications



    At the mercy of their clothesModernism Sex and Gender Cover

    With Allison PeaseModernism, Sex, and Gender.  London: Bloomsbury, 2018. Read an excerpt here. 

    At the Mercy of Their Clothes: Modernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture (2016, Columbia University Press, Modernist Latitudes series)

    Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2015).

    British Modernism and Censorship . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006 (Paperback 2009).

    An interview with Professor Marshik about moderinism. Watch Video


    “Sexual Violence as Founding Narrative: Edna Gertrude Beasley’s My First Thirty Years.” Forthcoming in Feminist Modernist Studies.

    “Censorship.” Forthcoming in The Nation and British Literature, ed. Andrew Murphy (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

    “Teaching Modernism and Middlebrow via the Artist Novel.” Forthcoming in Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English, ed. Janine Utell (under contract with Modern Language Association)

    “Have you any Tudor Underwear?” Punch on the Perils of Historically Accurate Fancy Dress.” The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 11.2 (2020): 195-216.

     “Modernism and Middlebrow Through the Eyes of Object Studies.” Women Making Modernism, Ed. Erica Gene Delsandro. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2020. 40-54. 

    “The First World War and Consumer Culture,” Options for Teaching Representations of World War One, edited by Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee. New York: The Modern Language Association, 2017. 201-209. 

    “Dublin Inc.: Municipal Corporation Reform in 'Ivy Day in the Committee Room.'” James Joyce Quarterly 50.4(2013/5): 963-76.

    "The Modern(ist) Mackintosh." Modernism/modernity 19.1 (2012): 43-71. [ Project MUSE]

    “Smart Clothes at Low Prices: Alliances and Negotiations in the British Interwar Secondhand Clothing Trade.” Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, edited by Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth Sheehan. Lebanon: UP of New England, 2011. 71-86.

    “Thinking Back through Copyright: Freedom and Fair Use in Virginia Woolf’s Nonfiction.” Modernism and Copyright, edited by Paul Saint-Amour. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 65-86.

    "How It Struck a Contemporary: Negative Press on the Omega." Virginia Woolf Miscellany 74 (Fall 2008): 16-8. [ Virginia Woolf Miscellany ]

    "The Case of 'Jenny': Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Censorship Dialectic." Victorian Literature and Culture 33 (2005): 557-584. [ JSTOR]

    "Looking for Woolf in the National Archives." Virginia Woolf Miscellany 65 (Spring 2004): 7-8. [ Virginia Woolf Miscellany ]

    "History's 'Abrupt Revenges': Censoring War's Perversions in The Well of Loneliness and Sleeveless Errand." The Journal of Modern Literature 26.2 (2003): 145-159. [ JSTOR]

    "Parodying the £5 Virgin: Bernard Shaw and the Playing of Pygmalion." The Yale Journal of Criticism 13 (2000): 321-341. [Project MUSE]

    "Publication and 'Public Women': Prostitution and Censorship in Three Novels by Virginia Woolf." Modern Fiction Studies45 (1999): 853-886. [ Project MUSE]

    “Virginia Woolf and Feminist Intellectual History: The Case of Josephine Butler and Three Guineas.” Virginia Woolf and Her Influences. Ed. Laura Davis and Jeanette McVicker. New York: Pace University Press, 1998. 91-7.

  • Academic Honors


    Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service by a Graduate Program Director, 2010

    Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2007

    Margaret Church Memorial Prize for best essay to appear in Modern Fiction Studies, 1999

    Strand Prize for best essay by a graduate student, Northwestern University, 1997

    Cecil and Colonel John P. Long Prize for travel to archives, Northwestern University, 1996

    Mark D. Clawson Prize for best thesis by a summa cum laude student, University of Minnesota, 1992

    Martin B. Rudd Award for Literary Studies, University of Minnesota, 1992

    Moses Marston Award for Literary Studies, University of Minnesota, 1991

  • Recent Papers and Talks


    “’Have You Any Tudor Underwear?’: Historical Fancy Dress and the Dialogue Between Past and Present.” Modernist Studies Association 19. Amsterdam, August 2017.

    Plenary speaker, Theory Roundtable. 25th Annual International Woolf Society Conference. Bloomsburg, PA, June 2015

    “The Thing in the Mirror: Jacques Lacan and Virginia Woolf on the Self as Object.” MLA Convention. Vancouver, January 2015.

    “Crossing Subject and Object: The Ontology of the Evening Gown in West and Rhys.” The Space Between Conference. London, UK, July 2014.

    "Dublin Inc.: Municipal Corporation Reform in ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room.’” MLA Convention. Chicago, IL, January 2014.

    “Seeing with Clothes: The Extraordinary Event.” Modernist Studies Association 15. Brighton, UK, August 2013. (Seminar Co-organizer)

    "What Do Women Want?: British Women and the Evening Gown, 1900-1940." Manhattan College Women's History Month lecture series. New York, NY, March 2013.

    “The Provincial Lady in Manhattan: E. M. Delafield’s Familiar and Strange New York.” Modernist Manhattan. New York, NY, March 2012.

    “‘New Secondhand Clothes’”: Comedy, Abjection, and the Life of Used Garments.” Modernist Studies Association 13. Buffalo, NY, October 2011.

    “Ottoline Morrell, Bloomsbury, and Avant-Garde Dress.” MLA Convention. Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.

    “Fancy Dress in/and Bloomsbury.” Modernist Studies Association 12. Victoria, BC, Canada, November 2010.

    “The Modernism-Fashion Nexus.” Modernist Studies Association 12. Victoria, BC, Canada, November 2010. (Seminar Co-organizer)

  • Recent Courses


    I teach a range of courses at Stony Brook. At the lower-division level, I regularly offer EGL 204 (Literary Analysis and Argumentation), which I feel is the most important course of the major or minor. I also periodically teach a survey of twentieth-century British literature (EGL 224) that takes students from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness to short fiction by Zadie Smith. At the upper-division level, I offer a range of courses: single-author classes on James Joyce or Virginia Woolf; courses on the literature and culture of WWI; and topics on modernism and the middlebrow or modernism and sexuality. My M.A. and doctoral courses range from "Modernism and Cultural Studies" to "Modern Things."

    Sample Graduate Courses:
    The Great War (608), Spring 2016
    Women’s Friendship and Women’s Writing, (586), Spring 2017
    Modern Things (608), Spring 2013
    High/Middle/Low in the 1920s (606), Fall 2010
    Modernism and Cultural Studies (606), Fall 2009
    The Great War and Cultural History (585), Spring 2009

    Sample Undergraduate Upper Division Courses:
    Remembering the Great War (491), Spring 2015
    Modernism and the Middlebrow (301), Fall 2012
    Modernism and the Artist Novel (322), Fall 2011

    Sample Undergraduate Lower Division Courses:
    Introduction to Fiction (192), Spring 2018
    Literary Analysis and Argumentation (204), Spring 2013
    Twentieth-Century British Literature (224), Fall 2012

    Sample lecture from October 24, 2012 on E.M. Forster's "The Life to Come."
    Audio podcast | Lecture slides to accompany audio podcast | Video Podcast