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Marybeth Baggett

Associate Professor of English

(434) 582-2086



  • Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. in English, Longwood University
  • B.S. in English Education, Liberty University


Marybeth Baggett is Associate Professor of English here at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.  Her research and teaching interests include literary theory, contemporary American literature, science fiction, and dystopian literature, with particular concern for the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Presentations cover topics such as humor as hope in Vonnegut’s Player Piano, the contemporary relevance of Thomas More’s Utopia, and the usefulness of Jacques Lacan’s gaze as a means of understanding Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.


Courses Taught

  • English 101: Grammar and Composition
  • English 102: Compositions and Literature
  • English 201: American Literature I
  • English 202: American Literature II
  • English 400: Contemporary Literature
  • English 400: Author Seminar (Kurt Vonnegut)
  • English 432: Modern Poetry
  • English 433: Literary Criticism
  • English 656: World Literature (Utopian Literature)



Selected Presentations:

  • “Teaching the Postmodern Novel as an Evangelistic Tool,” Christianity and Literature, Liberty University, March 2006
  • “Vonnegut’s Existential Approach to a Deterministic World: The Function of Writing in Hocus Pocus and Timequake,” Northeast Modern Language Association, April 13, 2008
  • “What to do with Ruled Paper: Write the Other Way,” School of Communication meeting, September 20, 2010
  • “Intellectual Freedom: A Panel Discussion,” Campbell County Reads, October 5, 2010
  • The Christian and Popular Culture, Liberty University Faculty Chapel, December 1, 2010
  • “Utopian Hope amidst Dystopian Despair: The Case of Player Piano,” College English Association, March 31, 2011


Selected Publications:

  • “Narrating the Gaze in Nell Larsen’s Quicksand.” The Griot: Journal of African American Studies 31.2 (2012): 66-76
  • “Against a Discourse of Division: Marilynne Robinson’s Politics of Grace.” NECCL 2012 Proceedings
  • With David Baggett. “Epistemic humility: engaging a Christian worldview.” The Christian Teachers Journal 21.2 (2013): 28-31
  • “What Means Utopia to Us? Reconsidering More’s Message.” Hope and the Longing for Utopia: Futures and Illusions in Theology and the Arts. Ed. Daniel Boscaljion. Wipf and Stock, 2013


Institutional Service

  • Events Committee, 2009-Present
  • Faculty Sponsor of Liberty’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, 2009-2015
  • Graduate Faculty, Fall 2010-Present
  • School of Communication Faculty Development Committee, 2010-2011
  • Planned Zeta Tau’s Local Literary Conference, Spring 2012
  • Subject Matter Expert for Liberty University Online English 202
  • Faculty Senate Student Life Committee, Fall 2012-Present
  • College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Committee, Fall 2013-Present


Community/Christian Service

  • Judge of Poetry Reading at New Covenant Upper School Competition, October 2011
  • Member, Heritage United Methodist Church, Lynchburg, December 2011-Present
  • Sigma Tau Delta International Service Committee, Spring 2012-Present
  • Judge for Piedmont Area Reading Council K-12 Writing Competition, April 5, 2012