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Mark Noble

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


American literature, critical theory


Mark Noble teaches American literature and philosophy from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2001 and his doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.

Dr. Noble’s research interests include the philosophy of science, the history of religion, modernist aesthetics, and American pragmatism. His first book, American Poetic Materialism from Whitman to Stevens, examines writers who use classical materialism and cutting-edge science to rethink the composition of the human. He is currently at work on two new projects: a study of ontology and politics in Henry David Thoreau’s Journal, and a literary history of American atheism designed to shed new light on debates about secularism and its future. In addition to regular courses on canonical American fiction and poetry of the nineteenth century, Dr. Noble teaches seminars on specialized topics: Gothic fiction, apocalypticism in American literature, poetic modernism, and critical theory.



Noble, Mark. “Reading Melville Reading Character.” J19 4.2 (2016): 235-47.

Noble, Mark. “Nothing Inorganic.” Review of Bird Relics by Branka Arsić. Los Angeles Review of Books. June 12, 2016.

 American Poetic Materialism from Whitman to Stevens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

“The Ends of Imagination: Wallace Stevens’ Impersonal.” American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.

“Emerson’s Atom and the Matter of Suffering.” Nineteenth-Century Literature64.1 (2009): 16-47.

“Whitman’s Atom and the Crisis of Materiality in the Early Leaves of Grass.” American Literature 81.2 (2009): 253-279.