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Melanie Dawson

Sara E. Nance Professor of English

Office: Tucker Hall 212
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:45 and by appointment (Spring 2024)
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Phone: 757-221-3926
Email: [[mvdaws]]

Areas of Specialization

Late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature, literary modes and their histories/categorization, age studies, social and material practices, environmental writing within the context of gender studies, Edith Wharton.


sas_muse.jpgCoedited with Sari Edelstein.  Special Age Studies Issue of Studies in American Fiction. Fall 2019.

edith-wharton.jpgEdith Wharton and the Modern Privileges of Age. University Press of Florida, 2020.

dawson.jpgCoedited with Meredith L. Goldsmith. American Literary History and the Turn toward Modernity. University Press of Florida, 2018.

Emotional ReinventionsEmotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy. University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Black OxenEditor. Gertrude Atherton's. Black Oxen. Broadview Press, 2012.


Laboring to Pay: Home Entertainment and the Spectacle of Middle- Class Cultural Life 1850-1920. U of Alabama P, 2005.


Coedited with Susan Harris Smith. The American 1890s: A Cultural Reader. Duke UP, 2000.


BA University of Richmond

MA William & Mary

PhD University of Pittsburgh