Melissa JenkinsDr. Melissa Shields Jenkins

Assistant Professor of English


Office: Tribble Hall C-112

Office Hours (Fall 2014): Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30, and by appt.




PhD Harvard University

MA Harvard University

BA Wake Forest University

Areas of Interest

19th Century British Literature and Culture; History of the Novel; Gender Studies

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

Graduate Courses: Eng 760 Habits of Mind in Victorian Britain; ENG 743 Victorian Sensation

Major Courses: ENG 360 The Global Victorian; ENG 353 Nineteenth Century British Fiction; ENG301 Oscar Wilde

Core Courses: ENG 150 Science Fiction(s);ENG 190: The Art of Short Fiction

Writing Courses: WRI 111 Tales of Mystery and Terror; WRI 111 Animals Make Us Human: Service Learning Course



Fatherhood, Authority, and British Reading Culture. Ashgate, June 2014.

Journal Articles

         “Stamped in Hot Wax: George Meredith’s Narratives of Inheritance.” Victorian Literature and Culture 39 (2011): 525-543.

“‘The Poets are With Us': Frederick Douglass and John Milton.” Modern Language Studies 38:2 (Winter 2009): 12-27.

“‘His Crime was a Thing Apart': Elizabeth Gaskell Writes a Father’s Life.” Victorians Institute Journal, 36 (2008): 245-274.

Book Chapters

““A Long Private Letter’: Motherhood and Text in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell.” In Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives, ed. Justine Dymond and Nicole Willey. Demeter Press, 2013. 64-84.

“You are ‘father,’ you know: Hardy’s Palimpsests” Fathering in Victorian Fiction, ed. Natalie McKnight. Cambridge Scholars, 2011. 185-206

“‘Was ever hero in this fashion won?’: Alternative Sexualities in the Novels of George Meredith.”Straight Writ Queer: Non-Normative Expressions of Heterosexuality in Literature, ed Richard Fantina. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland Press, 2006. 124-133.


Review of “Destructive Maternity in Aurora Leigh.” Literature and Science 6.2 (Dec. 2013).

Review of Victorian Secrecy (Ashgate, 2010). Victorians Institute Journal 38 (2011): 206-208.

Review of Julie Nash, Servants and Paternalism (Ashgate, 2007). Journal of British Studies 48.2 (2009): 546-547.


 “The Future of the Book.” Wake Forest Magazine (Summer 2011), 20-21.

Work in Progress

Habits of Sympathy in Victorian Britain. Book Manuscript, in preparation


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