Melissa Purdue, Ph.D.

Professor | English Literature & English Studies

Address: 201C Armstrong Hall (AH 201C)
Phone: (507) 389-5510


  • 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, environmental humanities, and human-animal studies.

Recent Publications


  • ENG 275W: Introduction to Literary Studies 
  • ENG 316: Gothic Literature 
  • ENG 319: Animals and Literature 
  • ENG 321: Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 322: Topics in British Literature-Monsters and the Monstrous 
  • 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 651: Introduction to Graduate Studies 
  • ENG 654: Teaching Literature at the College Level
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