Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Nineteenth-century British literature and culture, especially Victorian memoirs and the novel; women’s studies; history and theory of the novel.

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Melissa Merte teaches and researches nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular interest in theory of the novel and women’s studies. She is working on her first book project, which considers the relationship between literary form and romantic-economic desire in Victorian narratives. Her first article, “Plotting an Economic and Romantic Path Forward: Miss Matty’s Tea Shop and the Gendered Cycles of Cranford,” appears in Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Her second, “Moving Beyond Progress: Retracing the Narrative and Social Cycles of Margaret Oliphant’s Hester,” is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel.

Areas of Study

  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture, especially Victorian memoirs and the novel
  • Women’s studies
  • History and theory of the novel

Fall 2021 Courses

  • ENGL 137-02: Novel: Through the Mind’s Eye
  • ENGL 294-05: Beyond Marriage

 

Education

Ph.D. University of Minnesota

M.A. University of Rochester

B.A. State University of New York at Binghamton