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, 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 ( 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.

Recent Publications:

"‘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:
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