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Melissa teaches on the BA in English and the MA in and Culture. Modules she teaches or lectures on include:

Approaches to LiteratureMelissa has supervised PhD students working on nineteenth century , and nineteenth century travel literature. She welcomes enquiries about research projects on:Literature and historyMelissa is currently working on twentieth and twenty first century representations of the Great Famine in literature, and the Irish hotel in early nineteenth century Irish fiction and travel books.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

‘The Moral Economy of the Irish Hotel from the Union to the Famine’, in Susanne Schmid and Monika Elbert (eds) Anglo American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth Century Literature: Nation, Hospitality, Travel Writing (Routledge, 2017)

“Of every land the guest”: Aubrey de Vere’s travels’, Studies in Travel Writing, 20:2 (2016), 135 148.

‘”The Tottering, Fluttering, Palpitating Mass”: Power, Hunger and Representation in Nineteenth Century Literary Responses to the Great Famine’, in Enda Delaney and Breandn Mac Suibhne (eds) Ireland’s Great Famine and Popular Politics (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), 34 58.

‘Waking the Bones: the Famine in Contemporary ‘, in Ruud van den Beuken, Margurite Corporaal,
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Christopher Cusack and Lindsay Janssen (eds) Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014), 157 174.

‘”Every Irishman is an Arab”: James Clarence Mangan’s Eastern “Translations”‘, Translation and Literature, 22:2 (Summer 2013), 195 214.'”That heartbroken island of incestuous hatreds”: Famine and Family in Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea’, in Neo Victorian Families, eds. Marie Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (Rodopi, 2011).

‘The Great Famine in Literature, 1845 1896’, in Julia M. Wright (ed.), A Companion to , vol. 1 (Blackwell, 2010).

‘”Like a wail from the tomb, / But of world waking power”: James Clarence Mangan’s “A Vision: A. D. 1848”, The Great Famine and the Young Ireland Rising’, in 1848: The Year the World Turned?, eds. Kay Boardman and Christine Kinealy (Cambridge Scholars,
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2007).