Office Location: AC-2B10
|PhD||University of Notre Dame||Literature||2013|
|MA||University of York||Modern Literature||2006|
|BA||University of Nevada, Las Vegas||English and German||2003|
Areas of Expertise
- 20th-Century British and American Modernism
World War II Literature
Books in Field Of Expertise
Dinsman, Melissa, Megan Faragher and Ravenel Richardson. Mid-century Women's Writing: Disrupting the public/private divide. Manchester: Manchester University Press, under contract. 250pp.
Dinsman, Melissa. Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics during World War II. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 262pp.
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Dinsman, Melissa. "Marketing Masks and Makeup in Mollie Panter-Downes’s ‘Letter from London’." ELN. Forthcoming: Oct. 2022: 15 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa and Heather Robinson. "Connection Failure: War, Spiritualism, and Communications Media in Violet Hunt's ‘Love's Last Leave’." Women’s Writing. 29.1 Apr. 2022: 20 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Politics and Eugenics in Yeats’s Radio Broadcasts." International Yeats Studies. 3.1 Nov. 2018: 65-80.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Mrs. Miniver Builds the Home Front: Architecture and Household Objects as Wartime Propaganda." Modernism/Modernity. 3.1 Apr. 2018: 48 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Militarizing the Messiah: Britain’s Wartime Re-Branding in The Man Born to Be King." The Space Between. 11.1 Feb. 2016: 27 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa. "‘A river is not a woman’: Re-visioning Finnegans Wake in Eavan Boland’s ‘Anna Liffey.’." Contemporary Women's Writing. 7.2 July 2013: 172-189.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Parody, Play, and Purposeful Deconstruction: A Discussion of Umberto Eco’s Hermeneutic Theory in Relation to his Parodic Practice." Literature Interpretation Theory. 23.1 2012: 70-88.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Imperial Brecht? Bertolt Brecht’s Complex Portrayal of Empire in Mann ist Mann." The Brecht Yearbook. 36 2011: 248-262.
Chapters in Field Of Expertise
Dinsman, Melissa. "Orwell, Una Marson, and Mulk Raj Anand." The Oxford Handbook of George Orwell. Oxford UP Forthcoming: 2023: 20 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Art, Propaganda, and Truth." Guide to Politics and Literature in English. Routledge Invited and Forthcoming: Sept. 2022: 15 pages.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Mother Monsters and Monster Mothers from Dracula to Stranger Things." Monstrous Mothers: Troubling Tropes, Demeter Press. Demeter Press 2021: 223-42.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Adapting Women’s Writing: Melodrama and World War II." Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English, MLA book series. MLA Book Series 2021: 157-165.
Dinsman, Melissa, Carrie Johnston, and Liz Rodrigues. "The Digital Labor of Blended Learning: The Reading Cities Project." Humans at Work in the Digital Age: Forms of Digital Textual Labor. Routledge Nov. 2019: 187-204.
Dinsman, Melissa. "Opposing Perspectives: Technology in Modernist Literature." Critical Insights: Technology and Humanity. Salem Press 2012: 146-163.
Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise
Dinsman, Melissa. "Adoption and the Abundance of Narrative: A Review of Nicole Chung’s All You Can Ever Know." Public Books. 2019: .
Dinsman, Melissa. "Late to the Party." Modernism/modernity’s “In These Times”. Feb. 7, 2017: .
Dinsman, Melissa. "Dispatch for “Enter the Pussyhat: On the Women’s March, Disrupt J20, and #IWillGoOut." n+1 magazine. Jan. 2017: .
Dinsman, Melissa. "Interview on Intermodernism." The Space Between. Oct. 2016: .
Dinsman, Melissa. "The Digital in the Humanities: A Special Interview Series." Los Angeles Review of Books. Mar-Aug 2016: .
Dinsman, Melissa. "Markus Krajewski’s World Projects: Global Information Before World War I." Los Angeles Review of Books. Oct. 2015: .
Reviews in Field Of Expertise
"George Orwell Studies" Forthcoming: Spring 2022: 3 pages.
"Modernism/modernity" 2021: 202-204.
"The Space Between" 2018: 2 pages.
"Modernist Cultures" 2012: 309-311.
"The Information Society" 2012: 55-56.
"Modern Fiction Studies" 2011: 810-812.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Two-Way Radio: George Orwell, Una Marson, and Mulk Raj Anand " June 2021: The Space Between.
" War Made Palatable: Selling British Domestic Upheaval to America. " Oct. 2019: Modernist Studies Association.
" Reading New York: Discovering Literature and History through Digital Writing " Jan. 2019: Modern Language Association.
" Seminar Leader: Seeing Modernist Reading. Modernist Studies Association " Nov. 2018: Modernist Studies Association.
" Night Vision and the Wartime Literary Imagination of Elizabeth Bowen " Nov. 2018: Modernist Studies Association.
" 'You Puzzle': Night Vision and Wartime Literary Imagination " June 2018: The Space Between.
" Profession and Pedagogical Talk: “Digital Humanities in the Space Between " June 2017: The Space Between.
" Perceiving Women in the Thrillers of Hamilton and Greene " June 2017: The Space Between.
" Invited Talk. Mrs. Miniver Builds the Home Front " Feb. 2017: University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
" Recovery Work: Digital Approaches to the Archive " Jan. 2017: Modern Language Association.
" Crossing the Boundaries: Feminism, Pedagogy, and the New Modernist Studies " Jan. 2017: Modern Language Association.
" Panel Organizer. Modern Sound and the War Industry " Nov. 2016: Modernist Studies Association.
" Hamilton’s Radar: Weaponizing Sound in WWII " Nov. 2016: Modernist Studies Association.
" Lightning Talk. Reading Cities " Nov. 2016: CUNY DHI: Digital Humanities Community.
" Patrick Hamilton, Graham Greene, and the Sound of Surveillance " June 2016: The Space Between.
" Panel Organizer. Networking Modernisms " Mar. 2016: American Comparative Literature Association.
" Melodrama and Propaganda: Narration in 1940s Modernism " Mar. 2016: American Comparative Literature Association.
" Dreaming Too Big? How Cross-and Intra-Institutional Collaboration Saved ‘Reading New York' " Nov. 2015: Digital Scholarship Conference.
" Building the Home Front: Architecture and Domesticity in MGM’s Melodrama " June 2015: The Space Between.
" New Modernist Networks: Orwell and Anand in the BBC’s Indian Section " Nov. 2014: Modernist Studies Association.
" Seminar Paper. Melodramatic Scenery as Cinematic Propaganda " Nov. 2014: Modernist Studies Association.
" Wartime Adaptation as Cultural Crossing: Jan Struther Spans the Atlantic " July 2014: The Space Between.
" America’s Blitz: Hollywood’s Re-Writing of Jan Struther’s Mrs. Miniver " Apr. 2014: Northeast Modern Language Association.
" Playing with Ghostly Networks: Thomas Mann’s BBC Broadcasts " June 2013: The Space Between.
" Clogged Networks: The Theoretical and Practical Difficulties of Radio Archivization " Mar. 2013: Society for Cinema & Media Studies.
" Panel Organizer. Sound Effects: Radio and Aural Spectacle in the Second World War " Oct. 2012: Modernist Studies Association.
" War on the Air: MacLeish and Welles’s Spectacular Events " Oct. 2012: Modernist Studies Association.
" The Power of the Adornian Voice in Orson Welles’s The War of the Worlds " Mar. 2012: American Comparative Literature Association.
" Seminar Paper. Networking Potential in George Orwell’s Radio Images " Oct. 2011: Modernist Studies Association.
" Imperial Brecht? A discussion of Bertolt Brecht’s Complex Portrayal of Empire and the East as Seen in Mann ist Mann and Die Maßnahme " May 2010: 13th Symposium of the International Brecht Society.
" Playboys Learning the Language of Caliban: An Analysis of the Post-colonial Condition in Three Versions of The Playboy of the Western World " Apr. 2010: American Conference for Irish Studies.
" Cooperative or Co-opted Communication? Understanding Bertolt Brecht’s Radio Plays " Apr. 2010: Northeast Modern Language Association.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies: 2015-2016.
PSC-CUNY, Edited Collection: Domestic Politics: Women’s Private Lives and Public Writing in the Mid-Century. July 2022: $3499.45.
PSC-CUNY, Edited Collection: Domestic Politics: Women’s Private Lives and Public Writing in the Mid-Century. July 2021: $3499.45.
PSC-CUNY, War Made Palatable: Selling British Domestic Upheaval to America. July 2020: $3499.45.
PSC-CUNY, Weaponized Modernism: Surveillance in WWII British Literature. July 2019: $3499.45.
Modernist Studies Association, Weaponized Modernism. 2019-2020: $1,000.
William Stewart Travel Award, MSA Conference Travel. Jan. 2019: $300.
Runner Up, Research in the Classroom Grant (CUNY), Reading New York: Augmenting Literature to Discover History. spring 2018: $1,000.
Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (CUNY), Weaponized Modernism: Surveillance in WWII British Literature. spring 2018: course release.
CLIR Visual Studies Digital Humanities Grant Extension, Reading Cities. Oct. 2017: $2,100.
PSC-CUNY, Weaponized Modernism and the Home Front: Surveilling the Enemy Within. July 2017: $3,490.
William Stewart Travel Award, MSA Conference Travel. Nov. 2016: $300.
CLIR Visual Studies Digital Humanities Grant, Reading Cities. 2016-2017: $5,000.
Offices Held In Professional Societies
Co-President, The Space Between Society: July 2019 - present.
Web Manager, The Space Between Society: July 2018 - June 2020.
Co-Web Manager, The Space Between Society: July 2017 - June 2018.
Advisory Board Member, The Space Between Society: July 2016 - June 2018.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Peer-reviewer for Edinburgh University Press (book proposal): 2021.
Conference Committee, The Space Between Society: 2020-2021.
Mentorship Committee, The Space Between Society: 2020-2021.
Peer-reviewer for Clemson University Press (book proposal): 2020.
Peer-Reviewer for London Literary Journal: 2020.
Peer-reviewer for Routledge (book manuscript): 2019.
Peer-reviewer for The Space Between: 2019.
Peer-reviewer for Journal of Modern Periodical Studies: 2018.
Peer-reviewer for Modernist Cultures: 2017 - 2018.
Peer-reviewer for Radical History Review: 2016.