Meredith FarmerDr. Meredith Farmer

Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Faculty Affiliate, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability


Office: C5-H Tribble Hall


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Kenyon College

Areas of Interest

  • U.S. Literature and Culture
  • Literature & Science
  • History of Science
  • Herman Melville
  • Meteorology, Climate, and Storms

Book Projects

Selected Publications and Work-in-Progress

  • “Melville and the Materialist Turn,” The New Melville, ed. Cody Marrs, Cambridge UP (manuscript solicited).
  • “Melville and Meteorology: Three Ways of Looking at a Vortex” (under review).
  • “A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, ed. Long and Meehan, New York: Modern Language Association, December 2017.
  • “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly, Winter 2017.
  • Herman Melville and Joseph Henry at the Albany Academy; or, Melville’s Education in Mathematics and Science,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2016.

Selected Fellowships

  • American Philosophical Society (2013)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
  • Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
  • Melville Society (2016)

Courses at Wake Forest

  • ENG 150: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
  • ENG 175: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
  • ENG 175: American Literature: Race, Heredity, and Genetics (with Lisa Klarr)
  • ENG 275: American Literature: Introduction to the Major

Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • “Human Structures,” Seminar on Melville and the Non-Human World (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
  • Respondent to panel on “Melville and the Mind” (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
  • “Melville’s Education in Science?” Roundtable on Melville and Biography (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
  • “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry” (SLSA, Houston, November 2015)
  • Respondent to roundtable on “Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn” (MLA, Austin, January 2016)
  • “Atmospheric Ahab,” roundtable on “Melville and the Materialist Turn (C19, State College March 2016)

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