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 PhD student and recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. With a performance studies background, she studies the development of the 19th-century American conscience (leading up to and after the American Civil War) through the performances of the 19th-century’s great(?) literary narrators. Her work also delves into the early 20th-century and tracks the transition from narratorial representations of a moral conscience to narratorial representations of consciousness in general. Her work hopefully aims to interrogate and reevaluate the literary representations that have and continue to define the American voice.

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

“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.

“Performances of Remaining: Remnants of Hamlet in Beckett’s Endgame,” UC Berkeley’s Theater & Performance Studies Honors Thesis. University of California, Berkeley. December 2019.

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