Melissa Purdue, Ph.D.
Professor | English Literature & English Studies
- Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky
- M.A. in English from Illinois State University
- B.A. in English and Religion from the University of Iowa
Purdue has published New Woman Writers, Authority, and the Body (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) with Stacey Floyd and a critical edition of Rosa Praed’s Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush (Valancourt, 2011). She has also published articles in various journals like The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies and The Wilkie Collins Journal, and book collections. Her current research focuses on late 19th-century supernatural fiction, human-animal Studies, and eco-gothic fiction. She is editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and is a board member for the British Women Writers Association. Purdue’s teaching specialties include 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century British literature, Gender Studies, Gothic literature, postcolonial literature and theory, and human-animal studies.
“Anna Kingsford.” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing, edited by Lesa Scholl, 6 April 2022.
“Anna Kingsford’s Spiritual Thunderbolt.” Journal of Victorian Culture Online, 13 Jan. 2022.
“The Transformation of Victorian Monsters: Wilkie Collins’ Heart and Science and Gail Carriger’s Neo-Victorian ‘Parasol Protectorate’ Series.’” The Wilkie Collins Journal, Volume 18, 2021.
"‘His Eyes Commanded Me to Come to Him’: Desire and Mesmerism in Rhoda Broughton’s ‘The Man with the Nose.’” Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1860s and 1870s, edited by Carolyn Oulton & Adrienne Gavin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp. 183-193.
“Clemence Housman’s The Were-Wolf: A Cautionary Tale for the Progressive New Woman.” Revenant, vol. 2, Winter 2016, special issue edited by Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck.
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
- ENG 275W: Introduction to Literary Studies
- ENG 316: Gothic Literature
- ENG 319: Animals and Literature
- ENG 321: Survey of British Literature II
- ENG 402: Gender and Literature
- ENG 403: The Bronte Sisters
- ENG 426: British Modernism
- ENG 606: Graduate Seminar in British Literary History and Criticism
- ENG 609: Graduate Seminar in British Literature from 1800: Victorian Visual Art & Literature
- ENG 612: Graduate Seminar in Gender and Literature: The British Fin de Siècle
- ENG 654: Teaching Literature at the College Level