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Melanie Anderson

Languages & Literature

Associate Professor of English


  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi
  • M.A., University of Mississippi
  • B.A., Thomas More College (now Thomas More University)

Courses Taught

  • African American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Introduction to Literature
  • English Composition

Research Interests

  • Toni Morrison
  • Shirley Jackson
  • American Gothic and supernatural fiction
  • American women writers



  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction (w/ Lisa Kröger, September 2019)
  • Shirley Jackson, Influences and Confluences (co-edited collection, 2016)
  • The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities (co-edited collection, 2013)
  • Spectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison (2013)

Selected Articles

  • “From Peyton Plantation to Peyton Place: Gothic Tropes in Grace Metalious’s Infamous New England Novel.” Mosaic, vol. 52, no. 1, March 2019, pp. 1-16.
  • “From the Mausoleum to a Spider Web: William Faulkner’s and Louise Erdrich’s Takes on Hybridity.” Faulkner and the Native South, eds. Jay Watson, Annette Trefzer, and James G. Thomas, Jr., University Press of Mississippi, 2019, pp. 167-80.
  • “Perception, Supernatural Detection, and Gender in The Haunting of Hill House.” Shirley Jackson, Influences and Confluences, eds. Melanie R. Anderson and Lisa Kröger, Routledge, 2016, pp. 35-53.
  • “‘Whatever walked there, walked alone’: What is Haunting Shirley Jackson’s Hill House?” The Journal of the Georgia Philological Association, 4, December 2009, pp. 198-205.
  • “‘What would be on the other side?’ Spectrality and Spirit Work in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” African American Review, vol. 42, no. 2, 2008, pp. 307-21.