Marsha Bryant grew up in Memphis and studied at the Universities of Tennessee and Illinois. At the University of Florida, where she is Professor of English & Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Bryant specializes in modernist studies, poetry, visual culture, women’s writing, and pedagogy.
Bryant’s most popular courses are Women’s Poetry, Modern British Poetry, Desperate Domesticity: the American 50s, and Post-Punk Cultures: The British 80s. She team-teaches the polymers unit in the UF interdisciplinary course Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS). A three-time Teacher of the Year for UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bryant received a UF Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2018. She recently served as Director of Graduate Student Teaching for the English Department.
Bryant’s book Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her earlier books about literature and visual culture are Auden and Documentary in the 1930s and the edited collection Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature. She has also contributed chapters to several collections, including The Classics in Modernist Translation, Popular Modernism and Its Legacies: From Pop Literature to Video Games, A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry, Identity and Form in Contemporary Literature, and Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. Bryant often collaborates with Mary Ann Eaverly, Chair of Classics at UF.
Bryant’s interdisciplinary research links literature to a diversity of materials, including advertising, art, magazines, movies, and music. On the conference circuit, she is especially active in the Modernist Studies Association. Bryant serves as Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing; she is also a literary beer reviewer.