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Natalie Melas

Associate Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 245
nam5@cornell.edu
607-255-2220

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Overview

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (English, French, Ancient Greek), UC Berkeley. Her areas of interest include transcultural theory (between postcolonialism and globalism), the politics of disciplinary histories, cultural comparison, postcolonial neo-formalism, turn-of-the-century English literature, Anglophone and especially Francophone Caribbean literature and theory, modern reconfigurations of antiquity, Homer. She has published essays on the fate of the humanities in the contemporary university, on incommensurability, on Joseph Conrad, on French Caribbean Literature and her book, All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison, is published by Stanford University Press. Her current project addresses the formation of alternative modernities in the broken link between modernism and colonialism.

Departments/Programs

  • Comparative Literature
  • English

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Romance Studies

Affiliations

  • French Studies Program

Research

  • Transcultural theory (between postcolonialism and globalism)
  • The politics of disciplinary histories
  • Cultural comparison
  • Postcolonial neo-formalism
  • Turn-of-the-century English literature
  • Anglophone and especially Francophone Caribbean literature and theory
  • Modern reconfigurations of antiquity
  • Homer

Publications

  • Published essays on the fate of the humanities in the contemporary university, on incommensurability, on Joseph Conrad, and on French Caribbean Literature
  • Book: All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press