Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Melissa Bailes

Assistant Professor - English

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Department Affiliation

  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, English and History, 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, English, 2012
Academic Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2012

Research & Teaching Specializations: British Literature, 1660-1830, History of Science, Enlightenment Thought, Women’s and Gender Studies, Transatlanticism, British Empire and Colonialism, Digital Humanities, British West Indies

Related Experience
  • Environmental Studies Program Faculty Advisory Committee, Tulane University, Fall 2013-present
  • Digital and Research Assistant, UIUC, 2011
  • Barbara Thom Post-doctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2015-2016
  • Glick Research Fellowship, Tulane University, 2015-2016
  • Chawton House Library Fellowship, Hampshire, UK, 2013
  • American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women (AAUW), 2010-11
  • COR Summer Research Fellowship, Tulane University, 2013 and 2014
  • Monroe Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, 2013
Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming. “Cultivated for Consumption: Botany, Colonial Cannibalism, and National/Natural History in Sydney Owenson‘€™s The Wild Irish Girl.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 59(4)
  • 2017. Questioning Nature: British Women’s Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
  • 2016. “Literary Plagiarism and Scientific Originality in the ‘Transatlantic Wilderness’ of Goldsmith, Aikin, and Barbauld.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49(2): 265-79.
  • 2015. “The Psychologization of Geological Catastrophe in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” ELH: English Literary History 82(2): 671-99
  • 2009. “The Evolution of the Plagiarist: Natural History in Anna Seward’s Order of Poetics” Eighteenth-Century Life 33(3): 106-27.
  • 2009. “Hybrid Britons: West Indian Colonial Identity and Maria Riddell’s Natural History.” European Romantic Review 20(2): 207-17.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: The Nature and Culture of 18th-century Science; Restoration and 18th-century Drama; Enlightenment Literature and Culture

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