Cody Marrs (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) teaches and writes about nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture, with particular interests in poetry, aesthetics, and the Civil War. His work has appeared in journals such as American Literature and J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and in edited volumes such as A History of Civil War Literature, ed. Coleman Hutchison (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is the author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2015), a book that recasts the Civil War as a multilinear upheaval. Focusing on the later works of Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson, he shows how the writings shaped by the Civil War also eclipse that conflict, extending into a vast array of other times and places. The book was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. It was reviewed in American Literature and the Journal of American Studies, among other venues, and it was the subject of a critical roundtable in Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life.
A recipient of the Hennig Cohen Prize in Melville studies, UGA's Presidential Early Career Award, and fellowships from the Newberry Library, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley and the Willson Center for the Humanities at UGA, he is currently working on several projects. He is editing The New Melville Studies (under contract with Cambridge University Press), a volume about emerging methods and approaches in Melville criticism. With Christopher Hager, he is co-editing Timelines of American Literature (under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press), a collection of essays—each organized around an unfamiliar date range—that seek to reperiodize and reimagine American literary history. He is also writing a book, The Civil War: A Literary History (under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press), which examines the five stories that have been told (and retold) about the war from the nineteenth-century to the twenty-first.
Currently, he serves on the editorial boards for the University of Georgia Press and ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.
Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Special Issue on "Late Melvilles," 18:3 (October 2016).
Articles and Book Chapters:
"Three Theses on Reconstruction," forthcoming in American Literary History
"Dickinson in the Anthropocene," ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 63.2 (2017): 201-225
"Afterword: Archiving the War," co-authored with Christopher Hager, in A History of American Civil War Literature, ed. Coleman Hutchison (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
"Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth Century," co-authored with Christopher Hager, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1:2 (Fall 2013): 259-284.
"Frederick Douglass in 1848," American Literature 85:3 (September 2013): 447-473.
"Clarel and the American Centennial," Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 13:3 (October 2011): 98-114.
"Whitman's Latencies: Hegel and the Politics of Time in Leaves of Grass," Arizona Quarterly 67:1 (Spring 2011): 47-72.
"A Wayward Art: Battle-Pieces and Melville's Poetic Turn," American Literature 82:1 (March 2010): 91–119. (Awarded the Hennig Cohen Prize for the best essay or chapter in Melville studies.)