Melanie Walsh

Graduate Student, Literature

Biographical Information

Melanie Walsh’s teaching and research interests include 20th- and 21st-century American literature, digital humanities, new media studies, histories of reading, and network analysis. She is currently at work on a dissertation called Postwar Redux: How 21st-Century Networked Readers Remediated, Recirculated, and Redefined Postwar American Fiction, which tracks the writings of James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, and Chris Kraus through tweets, licensed fanfiction, underground libraries, and Amazon television shows. Her writing has appeared in American QuarterlyThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Chicago Reader, and elsewhere.

A portion of her first chapter, “Tweets of a Native Son: The Quotation and Recirculation of James Baldwin from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter,” appeared in the September 2018 special issue of American Quarterly, and its companion digital project can be found at www.TweetsofaNativeSon.com. More of her digital projects can be explored on her website: https://melaniewalsh.org/digitalprojects/

Courses Taught

  • Humanities by the Numbers: Essential Readings in the Digital Humanities, Co-Instructor, Spring 2018
  • American Fiction in the Social Media Age, Instructor, Fall 2017
  • American Fiction From 1945 to the Present, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2016
  • College Writing 1, Instructor, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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