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Melissa Free

Ross-Blakley Hall 150
PO Box 871401
TEMPE
Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1401

Biography

Melissa Free is Assistant Professor of English, affilate faculty in Gender and Women's Studies, and Barret Honors College faculty. She is the author of Beyond Gold and Diamonds: Genre, the Authorial Informant, and the British South African Novel (State U of New York P, 2021) and the editor of The Dead and Other Stories, by James Joyce (Broadview, 2014). Her work can also be found in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and CultureConradiana, Genre, Joyce Studies Annual, Studies in the Novel, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Book HistoryThe Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture (ed. Juliet John, Oxford UP, 2016), and Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain (ed. Marlene Tromp, Ohio State UP, 2008).

Education

  • Ph.D. English Literature, minor in Gender and Women's Studies, certification in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. English Literature, North Carolina State University
  • B.A. English Literature, Duke University

Research Interests

Victorian literature and culture; twentieth-century British literature and culture; postcolonial studies; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; genre studies.

Publications

Beyond Gold and Diamonds: Genre, the Authorial Informant, and the British South Africa Novel. State U of New York P, 2021. Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Editor. The Dead and Other Stories, by James Joyce. Broadview, 2014. Broadview Anthology of British Literature. 

"Settler Colonialism." Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 46, no. 3, Sept. 2018, pp. 876-82.

"British Women Wanted: Gender, Genre, and South African Settlement." The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture, edited by Juliet John, Oxford UP, 2016, pp. 284-309.

"Fault Lines of Loyalty: Rudyard Kipling's Boer War Conflict." Victorian Studies, vol. 58, no. 2, Winter 2016, pp. 314-23.

"Frustrated Listening in Heart of Darkness." Conradiana, vol. 47, no. 1, Spring 2015, pp. 1-16.

"'It Is I Who Have the Power': Settling Women in Haggard's South African Imaginary." Genre, vol. 45, no. 3, Fall 2012, pp. 359-93.

"An Education in the Unwholesome: Dirt, Stench, and Desire in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, edited by Albert Wachtel, Salem-EBSCO, 2011, pp. 35-49.

"'Who is G.C.?': Misprizing Gabriel Conroy in Joyce's 'The Dead.'" Joyce Studies Annual, 2009, pp. 277-303. 

"Freaks That Matter: The Dolls' Dressmaker, the Doctor's Assistant, and the Limits of Difference." Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain, edited by Marlene Tromp, Ohio State UP, 2008, pp. 259-82. (Reissued in paperback, 2015.)

"Relegation and Rebellion: The Queer, the Grotesque, and the Silent in the Fiction of Carson McCullers." Studies in the Novel, vol. 40, no. 4, Winter 2008, pp. 426-46.

"'Dirty Linen': Legacies of Empire in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 48, no. 4, Winter 2006, pp. 340-71.

"Un-Erasing Crusoe: Farther Adventures in the Nineteenth Century." Book History, vol. 9, 2006, pp. 89-130.

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
ENG 332 Race&Ethnicity in Lit/Culture
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
ENG 329 19th-Century British Fiction
ENG 461 Studies in Women and Lit
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 635 Advanced Studies British Lit
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 200 Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
ENG 426 British Culture and Empire
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 345 Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 461 Studies in Women and Lit
ENG 602 Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 426 British Culture and Empire
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 329 19th-Century British Fiction
ENG 461 Studies in Women and Lit
WST 494 Special Topics