Melanie Dawson

Associate Professor

Office: Tucker Hall 022
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-12 and by appointment
Phone: 757-221-3926
Email: [[mvdaws]]

Areas of Specialization

Late nineteenth-century American literature, cultural studies, history and theory of the novel, early twentieth-century American literature, intersections of literature and material cultures, periodicals in American culture


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

Black OxenDawson, Melanie and Gertrude Atherton. Black Oxen. Broadview Press, 2012.


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


Dawson, Melanie, and Susan Harris Smith, eds. The American 1890s: A Cultural Reader. Durham: Duke UP, 2000.


BA University of Richmond - English and Music

AM William and Mary - English

PhD University of Pittsburgh - English