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Melissa Free

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

Melissa Free is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a graduate minor in gender and women’s studies and certification in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She has a master's in English literature from North Carolina State University and bachelor's in English literature from Duke University.

She has published numerous articles in Victorian Studies, Conradiana, Genre, Joyce Studies Annual, Studies in the Novel, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Book History, and The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture (ed. Juliet John), and Victorian Freaks (ed. Marlene Tromp). She is the editor of The Dead and Other Stories, by James Joyce (Broadview, 2014). Her current book project is “‘That Indefinable Something Besides’: Southern Africa, British Identity, and the Authorial Informant,” a study of gender, genre, and race in British South African literature from the Boer Wars to the World Wars.

Education
  • Ph.D. English Literature; minor Gender and Women’s Studies and 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

Articles in Victorian StudiesGenreJoyce Studies AnnualStudies in the NovelTexas Studies in Literature and LanguageBook History, Conradiana (forthcoming), as well as in The 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). Editor, The Dead and Other Stories, by James Joyce (Broadview, 2014). 

Research Activity

Current book project: “‘That Indefinable Something Besides’: Southern Africa, British Identity, and the Authorial Informant,” a study of gender, genre, and race in British South African literature from the Boer Wars to the World Wars.​

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 501Approaches to Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 426British Culture and Empire
ENG 501Approaches to Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 501Approaches to Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 32919th-Century British Fiction
ENG 461Studies in Women and Lit
WST 494Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 602Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 461Studies in Women and Lit
WST 494Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 426British Culture and Empire
ENG 635Advanced Studies British Lit
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 436Studies Anglophone Lit/Culture
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 222Survey of English Literature
ENG 32919th-Century British Fiction
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 200Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
ENG 32919th-Century British Fiction