"How sick I am of being 'good,' how much I should respect myself if
I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours."
                        --Alice James, Diary, 1889

  Melissa M. Pennell 

e-mail: Melissa_Pennell@uml.edu 

Office: O'Leary Library, 461 

Phone:  978.934.4198

A.B., College of William and Mary
A.M., Ph.D., Brown University


Courses for Fall 2006

Crime in Literature

Teaching interests: American Literature I and II, Nineteenth-Century American Novel, American Women Novelists, American Realism and Naturalism, Crime in Literature, Writers of the Merrimack Valley, Values in American Culture

Books: Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Greenwood, 1999); with Irene Goldman-Price, American Literary Mentors (U Florida Press, 1999);  The Student Companion to Edith Wharton (Greenwood, 2003), Masterpieces of American Romantic Literature (Greenwood, 2006).

Current research project: a study of the novels of Mary Wilkins Freeman

Consulting Scholar at the Tsongas Center, Orchard House, and other area museums; Member of the Editorial Board for The Literary Map of Massachusetts

Recommended Reading:

Classics:                                                                                        Contemporary:
The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne                                                          The Magician's Assistant, Ann Patchett
The House of Mirth, Wharton                                                           Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Cather                                        The World Below, Sue Miller
The Portrait of a Lady, James                                                         Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
Indian Summer, Howells                                                                 The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett 
The Optimist's Daughter, Welty                                                      Lying Awake, Mark Salzman

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