Marie Ostby

Marie Ostby

Assistant Professor of English

Joined Connecticut College: 2015

M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
B.A., Yale University


World literature

Postcolonial literature

Middle Eastern studies

Gender studies

Genre studies

Social media

Marie Ostby’s research focuses on the global circulation of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, with a specialization in Iran and its diaspora. Other research interests include postcolonial and global studies, genre studies, migration and diaspora, gender studies, life narrative, poetry and poetics, cinema studies, graphic narrative, and digital and social media.

She joined Connecticut College in 2015 and has taught the following courses:

ENG 137: Fictions of Empire
ENG 150: Essentials of Literary Study
ENG 181: The Revolution Will Not be Tweeted: Literary Activism and Social Media
ENG 241: Contemporary Fiction Without Borders
ENG 250: Theory and Practice of Literary Study
ENG 314: The Novel and Globalization
ENG 358C: Current Issues in Postcolonial Literature
ENG/GIS 366: Words of War and Peace: Literary Grenades and Olive Branches in the Modern Middle East
GIS 102 (2-week section): Introduction to Global Islamic Studies

Her current book project, “Genres Without Borders: Reading Globally between Modern Iran and the West,” uses the interwoven modern histories of Persian and Euro-American literature, art, and film to explore how transnational literary exchange under politically fraught circumstances is often mirrored and embodied in the crossing of genre boundaries.

She has recently presented at conferences including the Modern Language Association convention, the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual meeting, the Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association conference, and the International Society for Iranian Studies conference.


  • "Cosmopolitanism," New Literary History, special issue dedicated to the work of Kwame Anthony Appiah (August 2018)
  • "Exile is Treading Water in a Strange Sea," Public Books (August 2018)
  • “Graphics and Global Dissent: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Persian Miniatures, and the Multifaceted Power of Comic Protest,” PMLA (May 2017)
  • Literary Encyclopedia entries for Marjane Satrapi (July 2017) and Shahriar Mandanipour (August 2017),
  • Review Essay on "Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers," Iranian Studies (February 2015)
  • “De-Censoring an Iranian-American ‘Memoir’: Authorship and Synchronicity in Shahriar Mandanipour’s Censoring an Iranian Love Story,” Iranian Studies, special issue on Diaspora (January 2013)
  • Review Essay on "Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran," Bulletin of the School of African and Oriental Studies, London, UK (October 2011)

Majoring in English. 

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Major in Global Islamic Studies.

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Mailing Address

Marie Ostby
Connecticut College
Box # ENGLISH/Blaustein Humanities Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


316 Blaustein Humanities Center