Department of English

University of Toronto

Gniadek, Melissa

Melissa GniadekMelissa Gniadek
Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Office Phone: 905-569-4559
UTM Office Location: MN 5248
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 903 
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: On leave July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

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Teaching and Research Interests:
American Literature and Culture to 1900; Travel Narratives and Settlement Studies; American Literature in Global Contexts; Oceanic Studies; Australasian/Pacific Literature; The Nineteenth-Century American Novel; Gothic and Sensation Fiction; History and Literature; Geography, Space, and Literature; Visual Culture; Publication Forms and Histories. 

Degrees: B.A.(Harvard), M.A. (The University of Auckland), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell).

Melissa Gniadek teaches American literature and culture with a focus on the nineteenth century. In general, her research is motivated by questions about how relationships to place are negotiated through literature and through historical writings.



Oceans at Home: Maritime and Domestic Fictions in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing. 
University of Massachusetts Press, 2021.


"The Times of Settler Colonialism." Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Forum: "Emergent Critical Analytics for Alternative Humanities." 6:1. Spring 2017.

"Americans Abroad: Melville and Pacific Perspectives." New Global Studies, Special Edition, Editors' Forum: Reimagining Transnationalism in the Global Academy. 9:3. December 2015.

"‘Outre-mer adventures': Caroline Kirkland's A New Home, Who'll Follow? and the Maritime World." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32:2. Winter 2015.

"Mary Howard's Mark: Children's Literature and the Scales of Reading the Pacific." Early American Literature 50:3. Fall 2015. (This essay was the co-winner of the Richard Beale Davis Prize for best essay published in Early American Literature in 2015.)

"Artistic Anachronisms: Pleasure Reading the Patent Office Building." J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2:2. Fall 2014.

"Seriality and Settlement: Southworth, Lippard, and The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley." American Literature 86:1. March 2014. (This essay received an honorable mention for the Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in American Literature in 2014.)

"The Captivity of Translation: The Legacy of William Barrett Marshall's Personal Narrative." International Journal of Francophone Studies, special issue, "Oceanic Routes." 11:4. 2008.

"The Art of Becoming: Sherwood Anderson, Frank Sargeson and the Grotesque Aesthetic." Journal of New Zealand Literature 23:2. 2005. (This essay was awarded the JNZL Prize for New Zealand Literary Studies in 2005.) 

Book Chapters

"Mammoth Cave, Poe, and (Pre)Histories of the U.S. Interior" in Decolonizing "Prehistory": Deep Time and Topological Knowledge in the Americas, eds. Gesa Mackenthun and Christen Mucher. The University of Arizona Press, 2021: 71-88..

"Sentimental Premonitions and Antebellum Spectacle," in Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture, ed. John Hay.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2020: 110-121.

"‘You will observe...': Letting Lippard Teach," in Teaching Tainted Lit: Popular American Fiction in Today's Classroom, ed. Janet G. Casey. University of Iowa Press, 2015.

Book Reviews

Review of Ezra Tawil, Literature, American Style: The Originality of Imitation in the Early RepublicEighteenth-Century Fiction, 33.1. Fall 2020.

Review of Turns of Event: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion, ed. Hester Blum, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 45.1. March 2018.

Review of Gillian Silverman, Bodies and Books: Reading and the Fantasy of Communion in Nineteenth
Century America, Textual Practice,
 28:5. 2014.

Review of Trevor Bentley, Captured by Maori: White Female Captives, Sex and Racism on the Nineteenth-century New Zealand Frontier. "The New Zealand Listener," October 9-15, 2004.


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