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Alec Marsh

Professor of English

Tel. 484-664-3318
Fax 484-664-3633
Office: Center for the Arts 265    
Email: marsh@muhlenberg.edu


  • Ph.D. English Literature, Rutgers University 1993
  • M.A. English Literature, Rutgers University 1984
  • B.A. English Literature, Bennington College 1978

Select Awards, Publications and Presentations:

Ezra Pound, Reaktion Books Ltd, 2011.

Editor, Small Boy: The Wisconsin Childhood of Homer L. Pound. Foreword by Mary de Rachewiltz. The Ezra Pound Assn. Hailey, Idaho. 2003

Money and Modernity: Pound, Williams, and The Spirit of Jefferson. University of Alabama Press, 1998. Winner Ezra Pound Prize 1998.

“John Quincy Adams and/or Martin Van Buren: Cantos 34 and 37.” Paideuma. 33.1 (Spring 2005): 59-88.

“The Limits of Progressivism: The Political Economy of W. C. Williams’s Stecher Trilogy.” In Rigor of Beauty: Essays on William Carlos Williams. Edited by Ian Copestake. Bern. Peter Lang. 2004. 193-220.

“Letting the Black Cat Out of the Bag: A Case of Rejected ‘American-Africanism’ in Pound’s Cantos.” Paideuma Vol 29, 1&2 125-142. Spring-Fall 2000. Reprinted in Ezra Pound and African American Modernism. Michael Coyle ed. NPF. 2001.

Boston Book Review. “Last Train From Rubble Station: New Celan Translations.” Rev. of Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan. Translated by Nickolai Popov and Heather McHugh.  

Boston Book Review. “Peter Carey’s Irish Novel.” Rev. of True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.

Boston Book Review. “Wright's Way.” Rev. of Transfigurations by Jay Wright.

Radio Interviews with, Peter Carey, Carolyn Forche, Alice Fulton. Jusef Komunyakaa  Philip Levine, John McGahern, Paul Muldoon, Michael Pollan, Gary Snyder etc.


Dr. Marsh’s primary field is Modern American poetry, especially Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. He teaches courses in 20th and 21st century poetry, African American literature and creative writing. Senior seminar topics include “Pound, Williams and H.D,” “Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes,” “Jay Wright and the Black Arts Movement,” and “W.B. Yeats:  Playwright and Poet.” He teaches many First-Year Seminars.