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Wyn Kelley
Senior Lecturer  .  Office: 14N-413  .  PBX: 617-253-7655  .  Email: wkelley@mit.edu

Wyn Kelley Research Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature; Herman Melville; nineteenth- and twentieth-century women's fiction, popular culture, and media studies; teaching and technology

Wyn Kelley, a member of the Literature Faculty since 1985, has taught courses on American literature, literary genres (comedy, melodrama), women writers, and writing about literature, among others. She is author of Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) and has published in a number of journals and collections, including Melville and Hawthorne, Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby-Dick, Melville and Women, "Whole Oceans Away": Melville in the Pacific, and the Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville. She edited A Companion to Herman Melville (2006) and has also written Herman Melville: An Introduction (2008; both with Wiley-Blackwell). A founding member of the Melville Society Cultural Project based in New Bedford, MA, she collaborates with the New Bedford Whaling Museum on a scholarly archive and on public programming and community outreach related to Melville and the museum's concerns. Formerly President of the Melville Society and Associate Editor of the Melville Society's journal Leviathan, she is now Associate Director of the Melville Electronic Library (MEL), an interactive archive of Melville's works, sources, and adaptations. She has worked for many years with MIT's digital humanities lab, the HyperStudio, developing teaching tools, the latest of which, Miximize, uses innovative annotation features to make literary texts come alive.



Member of Melville Society Cultural Project Steering Committee (in collaboration with New Bedford Whaling Museum): Plan conferences, symposia, public lectures, and film series; manage archive of books by and about Herman Melville; consult on museum exhibitions; support literacy and educational programs in New Bedford and Pawtucket, RI

Associate Director, Melville Electronic Library (MEL): Organize meetings and work flow of the project teams. Developing tools for mapping Melville's travels and texts. Edit texts and materials for the website.

HyperStudio (MIT): Develop pedagogy around reading and writing practices in Communications Intensive classes. Involved in Annotation Studio (a suite of educational tools) and have helped develop a program, Miximize, for annotating literary texts. Also working on different forms of mapping and visualization of literary works.

New Media Literacies (University of Southern California): Work with MIT study group on creative/educational appropriations of classic texts in new media.



An Introduction to Herman Melville
Blackwell Publishers, January 2008

"Whole Oceans Away": Melville and the Pacific
Ed. Jill Barnum, Wyn Kelley, Christopher Sten
Kent State University Press, December 2007

Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York
Cambridge University Press, 1996

A Companion to Herman Melville
Blackwell Publishing

Chapters in Books

"Melville, Hawthorne, and the Dream of Renaissance Collaboration."
Jana Argersinger and Lee Person, eds. Hawthorne and Melville: Writing Relationship
(University of Georgia Press, December 2007)

"Lying in Various Attitudes: Staging Pip in Multimedia."
In John Bryant, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, and Timothy Marr, eds. Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby-Dick
(Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2006)

"'Tender Kinswoman': Gail Hamilton and Gendered Justice in Billy Budd."
In Elizabeth Schultz and Haskell Springer, eds. Melville and Women
(Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2006)

"'Writ in Water': The Books of Moby-Dick," in Alfred Bendixen, ed., Blackwell Companion to the American Novel. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2012).


Classes Taught

21L.000J Writing About Literature

21L.003 Reading Fiction

21L.006 American Literature

21L.310 Bestsellers: The Memoir

21L.421 Comedy

21L.430 Popular Narrative

21L.501 American Novel

21L.512 American Authors (American Women Writers)

21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain, and the Transformation of 19th-Century America

21L.705 Major Authors: Melville and Morrison

21L.705 Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison

21L.707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Literature of Slavery, Melodrama