Marc Shell is the Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English. He is also a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. His research covers a broad spectrum of places and languages ranging from ancient to post-modern times. Particular theoretical and thematic interests include: Money, Language, & Thought, Nationhood & Language Difference, Kinship Studies, Non-English Languages & Literatures of America, Disability & Medical Studies.
Professor Shell's books in the area of economics and esthetics include: Art & Money (Chicago UP 1994); Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophical Economies from the Medieval to the Modern Era(California UP 1982); and The Economy of Literature (Johns Hopkins UP 1978). The Painting in the Trash Bin: Otis Kaye and the Perplexities of Art is forthcoming (Chicago UP January 2008).