Daniels, Melissa Asher
Melissa Asher Daniels (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2012) specializes in nineteenth-century American and African American literature and culture, with a special emphasis on American literary realism. Her other research interests include American film, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Studies. Her book manuscript, "African American Realisms and the Romances of Race: Rethinking Nineteenth-Century Literary History" explores how late nineteenth-century battles over the meanings of race, slavery, and genre created alternative modes of mimetic writing that borrowed heavily from ostensibly outdated discourses like the gothic, historical, and sentimental romance. Her work has appeared in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, African American Review, and Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture.