Ashley Marshall

Ashley Marshall, Ph.D.

Professor; Chair of English
Ashley Marshall


Ashley Marshall specializes in British literature of the long 18th century (1660-1800) and she is especially interested in studying that literature in its historical and political contexts. 

Her first book, The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770, focuses principally on poetry. It also covers plays, novels and nonfiction prose. She recently published a second monograph, entitled Swift and History: Politics and the English Past, and now is at work on a study of political journalism (1695-1720), a stepping-stone to a book on the culture of politics in the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14).

She sees herself as a "contextual historicist" scholar/critic. Marshall's work is devoted mostly to asking what we think we know and why we think we know it. Methodologically, she is committed to post-New-Historicism historicism. She has a special interest in satire, as well as historical and political literature broadly conceived, from the "early modern" period to the present.

Research interests

  • Late 17th- and 18th-century British literature
  • Satire
  • Political journalism and propaganda
  • Historicism(s)


  • Swift and History: Politics and the English Past (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • "‘fuimus Torys': Swift and Regime Change, 1714-1718," Studies in Philology 112 (2015): 537-74.
  • "Beyond Furbank and Owens: A New Consideration of the Evidence for the ‘Defoe' Canon," Studies in Bibliography 59 (2015): 131-90.
  • The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Pp. xviii + 430. Paperback edition, summer 2016.


  • Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • M.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • B.A., English, University of Virginia, 2002