Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Melissa Bradshaw

Title/s:  Senior Lecturer
Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator

Specialty Area: Feminist, queer, and gender studies; modernism; 20th century American poetry; popular culture

Office #:  Loyola Hall 202

Phone: 82796



Teaching Philosophy

I emphatically insist that my students be present in every way—they must not only be in class, they must be in class, and much of my teaching involves modeling what I mean by being. My most cherished pedagogical belief is that the study of texts—whether critical theory, art, music, literature, mass media, or popular culture—should be joyful.  By that I don’t mean that everything I assign my students necessarily makes them happy. To the contrary: much of what I teach is troubling, dealing with social inequalities based on gender, race, and class. More often than not I assign texts that demand students examine their world view, asking them to be open to alternative perspectives and to question their assumptions. Rather, I mean that I want my students to learn the joy that comes from being challenged.  I expect my students to prepare intensely outside of class, engaging demanding texts, asking difficult questions, so that they can come to class ready to participate, with purpose and confidence, in vibrant, meaningful discussions. 


B.A. Brigham Young University (1992)

M.A. Brigham Young University (1994)

Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook (2000)

Research Interests

Feminist, queer, and gender studies; modernism; 20th century American poetry; popular culture

Selected Publications

Recent Publications


Amy Lowell: Diva Poet. Ashgate, December 2011. Winner of the 2011 Modern Language Association Book Prize for Independent Scholars.

Editor, Amy Lowell, American Modern: Critical Essays, with Adrienne Munich. Rutgers University Press, March 2004. 

Editor, Selected Poems of Amy Lowell, with Adrienne Munich. Rutgers University Press, November 2002.


“Fantasies of Belonging, Fears of Precarity.” Women Writers and Community: The Making of Modernism. Edited by Erica Delsandro and Julie Vandivere. Forthcoming from University Press of Florida, 2019.

“Wheelpolitik: The Moral and Aesthetic Project of Edith Sitwell’s Wheels, 1916-1921.” Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist Period. Edited by Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder. Forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

“The Apotheosis of Edith”: Artifice and Noblesse Oblige in Cecil Beaton’s Portraits of the Sitwell Siblings.” The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell. Edited by Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips. University Press of Florida, 2017.

“Lady Macbeth Goes to Hollywood: Edith Sitwell’s 1950-1951 American Tour.”Modernism/modernity, vol. 23, no. 1, January 2016, pp. 23-27.

“Edna St. Vincent Millay.” A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Edited by Gail McDonald and David E. Chinitz. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

“Performing Greenwich Village Bohemianism,” Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York. Edited by Cyrus R.K. Patell and Bryan Waterman. Cambridge University Press, May 2010.

“Devouring the Diva: Martyrdom as Feminist Backlash in The Rose.” Camera Obscura, 67, vol. 23, no. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 69-87.

“Remembering Amy Lowell: Embodiment, Obesity, and the Construction of a Persona,” Amy Lowell, American Modern: Critical Essays. Rutgers University Press, March 2004.

Introduction (with Adrienne Munich). Amy Lowell, American Modern: Critical Essays. Rutgers University Press, March 2004.

“‘Let us shout it lustily’: Amy Lowell’s Career in Context.” Introduction to Selected Poems of Amy Lowell. Rutgers University Press, November 2002.

 “Outselling the Modernisms of Men: Amy Lowell and the Art of Self-Commodification,” Victorian Poetry, vol. 38, no. 1, Spring 2000, pp. 141-169.