Marie Shelton

Marie Shelton Resized


Areas of Interest
The novel & narrative theory; 19th-century American; drama & performance studies. 

B.A. (English, Theater & Performance Studies), University of California, Berkeley


Marie Shelton is a Ph.D. student and recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. She studies narrators. Her research focuses on the historical, formal, and social relationships between performance and the 19th- to early 20th-century American novel. Further interests include theater and conflict transformation, American editions and performances of Shakespeare, and narrative theory.

Marie is also a theater director in both the US and Guatemala, where she facilitated theater for social change at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín. She most recently directed an absurdist reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at UC Berkeley.

Recent Scholarly Activity:

“From the Prairies to the Fields of France: Willa Cather’s One of Our Own,” seminar on “Women in the Great War: New Critical Horizons,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Baltimore, MD, March 2022.

“Notpeople in Notlanguage,” panel on “Cognitive Faulkner,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference (ACLA). Online, April 2021.

Performances of Remaining: Remnants of Hamlet in Beckett’s Endgame,” University of Notre Dame’s English Graduate Student Association Conference. Online, March 2021.

“Killing Our Fathers: Distance and Development in the 19th-Century Novel,” Townsend Center for the Humanities, Honors Thesis Workshop & Conference. University of California, Berkeley. May 2020.

“Forming the Devil: Conjuration, Possession, and Incarnation in The Brothers Karamazov,” The Troika Journal, vol. 8, spring 2019, pp. 38-42.