Melissa E. Sanchez
Graduate Chair, Associate Professor of English
Fisher-Bennett Hall 132
215-746-3529
Fisher-Bennett Hall 220
215-746-3765

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Melissa E. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and she studies and teaches sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, and poliltical and religious history. Professor Sanchez has been an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library, and in 2009 she received Penn's Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor. Her first book, Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature, examines how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers used scenarios of erotic violence and cross-gender identification to explore the origins and limits of political allegiance (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book which argues that consciousness of the debates and genealogies of feminist and queer theory can expand our understandings of female sexuality in both the past and the present. By adopting a pluralistic, even conflicted, theoretical framework, this book reassesses early modern representations of female promiscuity, celibacy, masochism, and homoeroticism in erotic poetry by both women and men. In addition, with Ania Loomba (Penn) she is co-editing Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race, and Sexuality, a volume of essays on the current state of feminist studies of the early modern period (Ashgate, forthcoming in 2015); and with Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale) she is co-editing a special volume of Spenser Studies on "Spenser and 'the Human'" (forthcoming in 2016). Along with these book-length projects, Professor Sanchez has written a number of essays on gender, sexuality, and politics in early modern England (for a full list of published and forthcoming work, see her cv).


last updated 2014/02/21

Publications

Awards

2009 Kahn Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Spring 2015

English
096.401

Fall 2014

English
739.301

Fall 2013

English
600.301

Spring 2013

English
096.401
English
338.301

Fall 2011

English
311.301

Fall 2010

English
101.001
English
800.301

Spring 2009

English
020.001
English
238.301

Fall 2008

English
096.401
English
600.301

Spring 2008

Fall 2007

English
020.001
English
311.301

Spring 2007

Fall 2006

English
022.001

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