Melissa Jenkins

Dr. Melissa Shields Jenkins

Associate Professor of English and Core Faculty in WGS

Contact Information:

Office: Tribble Hall C-112
Phone: (336) 758-3919


PhD, English, Harvard University (June 2007)
MA, English, Harvard University (March 2003)
BA, English, Wake Forest University (June 2001)

WGS Courses:

ENG 301: Oscar Wilde

Research and Teaching Interests:

Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
Book History and the History of Reading
Gender and Ethnic Studies
Science Studies

Selected Publications:


  • Fatherhood, Authority, and British Reading Culture. Ashgate/Routledge, July 2014


  • “Global Victorians.” Forthcoming in edited collection Victorian Literature in the 21st Century: A Guide to Pedagogy. Palgrave, 2017.
  • “Masculinity.” Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature. Ed. Juliet John. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. (forthcoming)
  • “The Next Thing You Know, You’re Flying Among the Stars: Re-Mapping the City in African American Picture Books.” (forthcoming, ChLA Quarterly Special Issue, 2016)
  • “Associationist Philosophy, Cognitive Literary Studies, and Objective-Subjective Habits of Mind.” Literature Compass 12.10 (2015): 538-547
  • ““A Long Private Letter’: Motherhood and Text in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell.” In Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives, ed. Justine Dymond and Nicole Willey. Demeter Press, 2013. 64-84.
  • “Stamped in Hot Wax: George Meredith’s Narratives of Inheritance.” Victorian Literature and Culture 39 (2011): 525-543.
  • “You are ‘father,’ you know: Hardy’s Palimpsests.” Fathering in Victorian Fiction, ed. Natalie McKnight. Cambridge Scholars, 2011. 185-206
  • “‘The Poets are With Us’: Frederick Douglass and John Milton.” Modern Language Studies 38:2 (Winter 2009): 12-27.
  • “‘His Crime was a Thing Apart’: Elizabeth Gaskell Writes a Father’s Life.” Victorians Institute Journal, 36 (2008): 245-274.
  • “‘Was Ever Hero in this Fashion Won?’ Alternative Sexualities in the Novels of George Meredith.” Straight Writ Queer: Non-Normative Expressions of Heterosexuality in Literature, ed. Richard Fantina. Jefferson and London: McFarland, 2006. 124-133.