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Gene Melton II

Senior Lecturer


Academic Advisor for Literature and Film

Department of English

Tompkins Hall G128


Research Publications

Co-editor, with Mae G. Henderson and Jeanne Scheper. The Specter and the Speculative: Afterlives and Archives in the African Diaspora. Rutgers UP, 2024.

“The (Neo-)Slave Narrative in Black and White: Toni Morrison’s Re-envisioning of Masculinity in A Mercy,” Contested Boundaries:  New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison, edited by Maxine L. Montgomery, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 34–52


“Charles Johnson’s Re-fashioning of Frankenstein in ‘The Education of Mingo,’” Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Liverpool, England, 27 June 2015

“Erotic Friendship in the Fiction of Richard Bruce Nugent,” Seminar on “Performance, Performativity, and the Harlem Renaissance,” Modernism Society of America Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 7 November 2014

“Erotic Subjectivity in Essex Hemphill’s Earth Life and Conditions,” The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Conference on “Unleashing the Black Erotic: Gender and Sexuality: Passion, Power, and Praxis,” Charleston, SC, 19 September 2013

“Denial and Disclosure in Richard Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 22 March 2013

“Queering the Celebrity Couple: John Barrowman and Scott Gill,” Celebrity Couples Conference, Southampton, England, 24 November 2012

“Corporate Nationhood and the Presidential Body in Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Durham, NC, 10 November 2012

“(Not) Asking, (Not) Telling: A U. S. Military Man Comes Out on YouTube,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Rochester, NY, 17 March 2012

“The (Neo-)Slave Narrative in Black and White:  Toni Morrison’s Re-envisioning of Masculinity in A Mercy,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 8 January 2012

“Edmund and Edgar as ‘Black’ Men in Shakespeare’s King Lear,” Renaissance Society of America Conference, Montréal, Canada, 26 March 2011

“‘The Democracy of Night Life’: Embodying Fear in George S. Schuyler’s Black No More and James Whale’s Film Version of Frankenstein,” National Popular & American Culture Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, 19 March 2008

“‘(Un)likely Bodies’: The Familiarity of Otherness in Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moone: or, a Discourse of a Voyage Thither,” Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Raleigh, NC, 29 September 2007

Area(s) of Expertise

19th Century American Literature, 20th Century American Literature, African American Literature, Composition & Rhetoric, Renaissance Literature, LGBT+ Literature, Queer Theory, Science Fiction