Meredith Kelling

Graduate Student, Literature
Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies

Research Interests

Ongoing interests include the literary analysis of texts such as cookbooks and memoirs, written accounts of domestic service, consumption, and commensality in the 19th and 20th centuries, and examining the material conditions of writing as a feminist and critical race practice. Current interests guided by recent events in my own life also include writing on motherhood, analysis of accounts of mothering, and cultural reception of the maternal body.

Other interests are: digital humanities and the deployment of digital tools to mitigate what has been perceived as a “crisis” in the humanities, labor issues in academia, and advocating for an inclusive intellectual and working culture in the academy.

Teaching Experience

  • English 3881: Black Women Writers (under Professor Rafia Zafar) – Fall 2018
  • Writing 103: What is Justice? – Fall 2017

Presentations and Talks

  • “Time and Space have no meaning in a canefield”: Remapping Region and Race in Jean Toomer’s Cane
  • “We would like to be served here”: Domestic Service and the Body in Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi


  • L.C. Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies
  • Humanities Digital Workshop, Summer 2017

Departmental Activities

  • Digital Approaches Reading Group, Co-Convener, AY 2018-19
  • Annual English Department Graduate Student Conference Co-Convener, Spring 2017

Campus Activities

  • Washington University Graduate Workers Union, Organizing Committee Member, AY 2017-18

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