Marshall Johnson, Ph.D.

Marshall Johnson


Marshall Johnson is interested in modern and contemporary Irish and British fiction, particularly how experimental narration in Irish fiction reflects a critique of western power structures. His current research focuses on James Joyce and contemporary Irish authors influenced by him. Regarding Joyce, Johnson is interested in how his work can speak to the current crisis of the rise of the Alt-Right in the West, contextualized as his work is in a moment in Irish history when a new nation was being created through a variety of forms of nationalism that were, in many cases, xenophobic. In his work on contemporary Irish writers, Johnson is interested in how the Bildungsroman after Joyce takes on a different shape in the Republic of Ireland than in the North. If one views liberation from colonial rule as a future event, that future is "uncreated" in its brightly-colored potential. If one views liberation from colonial rule as a past event, the present is instead an examination of the failures of revolution and the lingering ghosts of colonial rule that often appear in the guise of these very revolutionary failures.


  • "The Kairos of Literature: Using a Novel in a First-Year Composition Course." In Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition, Volume II, edited by Jill Dahlman and Piper Seldan, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Nov.-Dec. 2018.
  • "Database and Narrative in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape." The Explicator, vol. 74, no. 4, Nov. 2016, pp. 216-218, doi: 10.1080/00144940.2016.1236773.


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2016
  • M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2011
  • B.A., Saint Louis University, 2007