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Professor Marion Thain

Marion ThainProfessor of Literature and Culture

Executive Dean for Arts & Humanities

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Marion Thain began her career as a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and then worked in English departments at Russell Group universities in the UK as Junior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and then Reader (Full Professor, by research), before moving to New York University as a professor of Arts and Literature in the interdisciplinary global liberal arts (Liberal Studies), and Director of Digital Humanities for NYU. She returned to take up the position of Professor of English and Executive Dean of the Faculty in December 2018.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • ‘Lyric’ poetry; poetics; visual arts; interdisciplinary aesthetics
  • Aestheticism, Decadence, and the Fin de Siècle;
  • Technology and the production of cultural knowledge.
Selected publications
  • The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism: Forms of Modernity (Edinburgh University Press, 2016; issued in paperback, 2018).
  • The Lyric Poem: Formations and Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2013; issued in paperback, 2016).
  • 'Michael Field’ (1880-1914): Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Fin de Siècle (Cambridge University Press, 2007; issued in paperback, 2010).
  • ‘What Kind of a Critical Category is “Women’s Poetry”?’ (2003), reprinted in Nineteenth Century Poetry: Criticism and Debates, ed. Emma Mason and Jonathan Herapath (Routledge, 2016).
  • Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet, a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly. Autumn 2018.

Fields of teaching expertise include: modern poetry; aestheticism and late-Victorian literature and culture; literature, culture and technology.

Expertise and public engagement

Marion Thain is the academic lead for a public archive project with the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (the online diaries of ‘Michael Field’:, and is an advisory board member for the Central Online Victorian Educator (open-access publishing of peer-reviewed scholarship), affiliated with the North American Victorian Studies Association

She is happy to speak with the media on issues related to the research interests listed above, and recently appeared on Radio 4 as part of the series ‘Public Indecency: Queer Art in Britain’.



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