BiographyMarsha S. Collins started her academic career as a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish Literature in its European context. As her career progressed, her research interests gradually shifted backward in time to focus primarily on the literature and culture of Early Modern Spain and Europe. Collins's scholarship has always been interdisciplinary in nature. "Pío Baroja's 'Memorias de un hombre de acción' and the Ironic Mode: The Search for Order and Meaning" (Tamesis 1986) analyzes the relationship between history, the historical novel, and existential thought. "The 'Soledades,' Góngora's Masque of the Imagination" (U of Missouri P 2002) examines the link between Góngora's revolutionary poetry and poetics, Platonic thought, the visual arts, and the court masque and culture. "Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance" (Routledge 2016) explores the intersection of pastoral and romance traditions, the visual arts, and nascent subjectivity in the creation of Arcadian worlds in 16th-century European fiction. Collins is currently writing a book on friendship and community in Cervantes's "Don Quixote," honing in on the innovative author's engagement in fiction with changing concepts of interpersonal relationships and society, all in the context of multiple traditions of amity lore.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Marsha S. Collins's areas of research include:
Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture
Early Modern European Literature and Culture
Early Modern Court Culture and Performance
Literature and the Visual Arts
Emergence of Modern Subjectivity and the Imagination
When Marsha Collins is not involved in teaching and research, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing yoga, running and working out at the gym, reading, traveling, or going to plays, movies, ballet, and opera. She considers dogs vastly superior creatures.