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Sharon Marcus

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Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she is also affiliated with the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. Marcus's primary areas of research and teaching are nineteenth-century British and French literature, culture, and history, with a special focus on urbanism and architecture; gender and sexuality; and theater and performance. Her current research is on the history of celebrity.

Marcus is the author of the foundational essay "Fighting Bodies, Fighting Words: A Theory and Politics of Rape Prevention" (1992) and of two prizewinning books: Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (1999), and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007). In 2009, she co-edited a special issue of Representations on "The Way We Read Now," and she has also published many articles in literary studies, sexuality studies, and cultural history.

Before coming to Columbia in 2003, Marcus taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center. The recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and ACLS fellowships, as well as a Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia, Marcus is also a founding editor and Fiction Review Editor of Public Books.

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Public Culture is a reviewed interdisciplinary journal of cultural studies, published three times a year in Fall, Winter, and Spring for the Institute for Public Knowledge by Duke University Press. The journal's full archives are available online at

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