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Melissa E. Sanchez

Graduate Chair, Associate Professor of English


Fisher-Bennett Hall 132
Fisher-Bennett Hall 220

Office Hours

By appointment

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).



Courses Taught

fall 2015

spring 2015

ENGL 096.401 Feminist Theory

fall 2014

ENGL 739.301 Milton

fall 2013

ENGL 600.301 Proseminar

spring 2013

ENGL 096.401 Feminist Theory
ENGL 338.301 Milton

fall 2011

ENGL 311.301 English Honors Program

fall 2010

ENGL 101.001 Shakespeare
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy

spring 2009

ENGL 020.001 Literature Before 1660
ENGL 238.301 Milton

fall 2008

ENGL 096.401 Feminist Theory
ENGL 600.301 Proseminar

spring 2008

fall 2007

ENGL 020.001 Chaucer to Milton
ENGL 311.301 English Honors Program

spring 2007

fall 2006

ENGL 022.001 Romance