Dr. Grant Gosizk

Grant Gosizk
Dr. Grant GosizkMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 230

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3410

Teaching Assistant Professor


My fields of study include melodrama, twentieth-century American literature, medical humanities, and American intellectual history. In my research I explore the intersections of science, politics, and philosophy, and responses to these in the literary arts. I enjoy teaching courses on literary representations of illness, environmental literature, melodrama, as well as the literary and intellectual cultures of the “American century”. My first book project, The Theatre Between the Wars on Drugs, is an extension of my PhD research. This work explores the legacies of temperance melodrama in post-Prohibition American theatre. Throughout the nineteenth century the American stage was replete with performances that expressed the discrete positions of various temperance movements. I investigate why addiction remained such a prominent subject in American theatre well after the repeal of Prohibition and the dissolution of any direct political incentive to address the subject. In this project I discuss Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, Sam Shepard, and more. Excerpts from this project can be found in Modern Drama, American Studies in Britain, and American Studies Journal (forthcoming). Before joining the faculty at Marquette University I held positions at Carthage College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. My experiences at these diverse institutions has directly informed the subject and style of my teaching. In my classroom, I emphasize literature’s perpetual engagement with intellectual cultures, politics, and wider trends in art and aesthetics. In doing so, I hope to broaden the relevancy of literary study to diverse students with diverse personal and professional ambitions.


  • BA, English and Creative Writing, Carthage College
  • PhD, American Studies, University of Kent

Research Interests

  • American literature
  • Melodrama
  • Addiction studies and medical humanities
  • American studies
  • Theatre and performance


  • ‘Sam Shepard’s Neo-Temperance Trilogy; Or, The Postmodern Cultural Logic of War-on-Drugs Melodramas’ (American Studies Journal; forthcoming) 
  • ‘The Banality of Addiction: Arthur Miller and Complicity’, Modern Drama, 61.2 (2018), 171-91.
  • ‘Research Report: Eugene O’Neill Collection at the Yale Beinecke Library’, American Studies in Britain (fall 2015)

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2024

  • Tues 9:00-11:00
  • Thurs 2:00-4:00

Teaching Schedule 

Spring 2024

  • 3761/101 MWF 9:00-9:50 Lalumiere Hall 296
    • Medicine and Literature
  • 3761/102 MWF 11:00-11:50 Lalumiere Hall 192
    • Medicine and Literature
  • 3761/103 MWF 12:00-12:50 Lalumiere Hall 192
    • Medicine and Literature
  • 4762/101 MW 3:30-4:45 Lalumiere Hall 140
    • Neuroscience and Literature

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