Marsha Bryant grew up in Memphis and studied at the Universities of Tennessee and Illinois. At the University of Florida, where she is a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Bryant specializes in poetry, modernist studies, visual culture, women’s literature, and pedagogy.
She is Director of Graduate Student Teaching for UF English. Her most popular courses are Women’s Poetry, Modern British Poetry, Desperate Domesticity: the American 50s, and Post-Punk Cultures: The British 80s. Bryant is a three-time Teacher of the Year for UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Her latest book, Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2011; 2013), received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bryant’s earlier books about literature and visual culture are Auden and Documentary in the 1930s (Virginia, 1997) and the edited collection Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature (Delaware, 1996). She has also contributed chapters to the collections The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (Michigan, 2007) and Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose (MLA, 2011). The latter essay is one of several collaborations with Mary Ann Eaverly, a Classical archaeologist.
Bryant’s interdisciplinary research links literature to a diversity of materials, including advertising, art, Egyptology, magazines, movies, and music. On the conference circuit, she is especially active in the Modernist Studies Association. Outside of teaching and research, she enjoys people, music, farmers’ markets, and watching NHL hockey.