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, a critical edition of Rosa Praed’s Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush (Valancourt, 2011), and articles in various journals, like The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, and book collections. Her current research focuses on late 19th-century supernatural fiction and Neo-Victorian fiction. She is also editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (www.ncgsjournal.com). Purdue’s teaching specialties include 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century British literature, Gender Studies, speculative fiction, postcolonial literature and theory, and human-animal studies.
"‘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. Eds. Carolyn Oulton & Adrienne Gavin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
“Clemence Housman’s The Were-Wolf: A Cautionary Tale for the Progressive New Woman.” Revenant 2 (Winter 2016): Special issue edited by Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck.
“‘That’s what children are—nought but leg-ropes’: Motherhood in Rosa Praed’s Mrs. Tregaskiss.” Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand. Ed. Tamara Wagner. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014. 125-133.
- Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies Journal: www.ncgsjournal.com