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Melissa Girard

Assistant Professor
Melissa Girard


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois

Courses Taught

  • EN 101 Roots: Food and Identity in Literature (Messina)
  • EN 101 Madness and Creativity in Modern Literature (Messina)
  • EN 101 Time Travel and Social Justice (Messina)
  • EN 206 Gender, Culture, and Madness (co-taught with Professor Amy Wolfson)
  • EN 372 Modern Poetry
  • EN 372 Modernist Poetry and the First World War
  • EN 470 Poetry in Public
  • EN 483 Radicals and Pretenders: Bohemianism in Modern Literature
  • EN 487 At Home in the World: Place and Displacement in Contemporary Literature


  • “J. Saunders Redding and the 'Surrender’ of African American Women’s Poetry.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association. 132.2 (March 2017): 281-297.
  • Review of Victoria Bazin’s Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine (Edinburgh UP, 2019). Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 12.1 (2021): 126-131.
  • Review of Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition (Yale UP, 2016). Legacy 35.1 (2018): 116-119.
  • “Sara Teasdale.” The American Writers Series. Supplement XXVII. Ed. Jay Parini. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
  • “Forgiving the Sonnet: Modernist Women’s Love Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality.” A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Ed. Linda Kinnahan. Cambridge University Press, 2016. 307-322.
  • “‘Who’s for the road?’: Poet Lore, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Open Road of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.” Poet Lore. 109.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 119-134.
  • “‘Jeweled Bindings’: Modernist Women’s Poetry and the Limits of Sentimentality.” Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 96-119.
  • “‘How autocratic our country is becoming’: The Sentimental Poetess at War.” Journal of Modern Literature 32.2 (Winter 2009): 41-64.
  • "The Art of Rejection.” (Co-authored with Cristina Stanciu). The Chronicle of Higher Education. 22 Jan. 2012. Web.>
  • Slam, Spoken Word, and the Democratization of Poetry." Review of Susan Somers-Willett The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2009). Poetry & Popular Culture. Web.