- Downtown Toronto (St. George)
- Mississauga (UTM)
Fields of Study
- American Literature
Areas of Interest
- 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
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.)
"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.
Review of Ezra Tawil, Literature, American Style: The Originality of Imitation in the Early Republic, Eighteenth-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.