Jill Marsden University of Bolton

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Jill Marsden University of Bolton

Jill Marsden

Professional Biography

Teaching Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Module Tutor: Introduction to Literature: Form and Genre, Aspects of Prose Fiction, Understanding the Contemporary, The Literature of Love, Gothic Narratives, Ambivalent Intimacies, Narrative Representations of Female Desire.


My academic career began at the University of Essex where I gained my B.A., M.A. and PhD. I completed my doctoral thesis on the theme of Ecstasy and Annihilation in Nietzsche’s philosophy of the eternal return of the same in 1992 and joined the University of Bolton the same year. I have published in a number of areas in the field of continental philosophy, aesthetics and European literature. My first book, After Nietzsche: Notes Towards a Philosophy of Ecstasy, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2002.

Academic interests include the relationship between philosophy and literature, aesthetics, the novel and modernism. I continue to explore anti-humanist thinking in relation to a number of writers and thinkers, particularly Nietzsche, Freud, Deleuze and Bataille.  Recent writing projects have included work on Emily Bronte and Anne Carson.

I currently supervise a PhD student investigating the concepts of self, will and agency in the philosophy of Nietzsche, and am also involved in the supervision of a PhD by practice on the realization of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra as a graphic novel and with a PhD by publication on ‘eco-psychoanalysis’.

Recent Publications

Marsden, Jill  (2013) ‘Impersonal Intimacies: Echoes of Bataille in Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach’ in Jennifer Cooke (ed.) Scenes of Intimacy: Writing, Reading, Theorizing in Contemporary Literature, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp153-169.

Marsden, Jill (2011) ‘The Immeasurable Fineness of Things: Nietzsche and the Quiet Machinery of Thought’ in Andrea Rehberg (ed.) Nietzsche and Phenomenology, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 67-86

Marsden, Jill (2011) ‘Nietzsche, Klossowski: Outside, at the Edge of Things’, Actual/Virtual, issue 12

Marsden, Jill (forthcoming) ‘Landscapes of Solitude: Some Reflections on the Free Spirit’ in Creative Solitudes: Essays in Honour of David Farrell Krell David Jones (ed.) Northwestern University Press

Marsden Jill (forthcoming)  ‘In Search of Lost Sense: the Aesthetics of Opacity in Anne Carson’s Nox’ Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Vol 5:2.

Recent Conference Papers

Marsden, Jill (2013) ‘Stream of consciousness in the twenty-first century novel’ at the University of Bolton Fifth Research and Innovations Conference, The Holiday Inn, Bolton.

Marsden, Jill (2010)  ‘Late in the night, perhaps too late: the emergence of opacity in Anne Carson’s Nox’ at the Society for European Philosophy Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Marsden, Jill (2010) ‘The Intimacy that keeps Vigil in Us’: Bataille and the Lure of the Impersonal’ at ‘The Writings of Intimacy in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries’ International Conference at The University of Loughborough.

Marsden Jill (2009) ‘Writing After Nietzsche’ at ‘Nietzsche and Phenomenology’, the annual conference of the British Society for Phenomenology at the University of Oxford.


Faculty of Arts and Media Technologies,
The University of Bolton
Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK.

Tel: +44 1204 903238
E-mail: j.marsden@bolton.ac.uk