Dr. Melissa Shields Jenkins
Associate Professor of English and Core Faculty in WGS
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)
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
- 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.