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Melissa Free

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
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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.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 332Race&Ethnicity in Lit/Culture
ENG 501Approaches to Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 32919th-Century British Fiction
ENG 461Studies in Women and Lit
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 635Advanced Studies British Lit
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 200Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
ENG 426British Culture and Empire
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 461Studies in Women and Lit
ENG 602Adv Studies Theory/Criticism
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