Wyn Kelley

Wyn Kelley
Senior Lecturer


Wyn Kelley, a member of the Literature Faculty since 1985, has taught classes on American writers, literary genres (comedy, melodrama, gothic, autobiography), and writing about literature. Her scholarship focuses primarily on Herman Melville’s works and on the intersections of traditional and new media. A founding member of the Melville Society Cultural Project, she collaborates with the New Bedford Whaling Museum on projects related to Melville and whaling. Currently Associate Director of the Melville Electronic Library (MEL), an interactive archive of Melville’s texts, sources, and adaptations, she has also worked with MIT’s digital humanities lab, the HyperStudio, to develop a classroom tool called Annotation Studio.

Nineteenth-century American literature; Herman Melville; nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s fiction, popular culture, and media studies; teaching and technology

Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom.
Ed. Henry Jenkins and Wyn Kelley.
Teachers College Press, 2013.

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, 2007

A Companion to Herman Melville
Blackwell Publishing, 2006

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

Chapters in Books
Pierre, Life History, and the Obscure.” Robert S. Levine, ed. The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville. New York: Cambridge University Pres, 2013.

“‘Free Robe and Vest’: Melville and the Uncollected Fragment.” Douglas Robillard and Sanford Marovitz, eds. Melville as Poet: The Art of “Pulsed Life.” Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2013.

“‘Writ in Water’: The Books of Moby-Dick,” in Alfred Bendixen, ed. Blackwell Companion to the American Novel. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012.

Billy Budd, Sailor: Or How to Read a Book,” Eric Carl Link, ed., Critical Insights: Herman Melville. Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, Inc, 2012.

“Hawthorne and Melville in the Shoals: ‘Agatha,’ the Trials of Authorship, and the Dream of Collaboration,” and “Letters on Foolscap.” Jana Argersinger, Leland S. Person, eds. Hawthorne and Melville: Writing A Relationship. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Subjects taught the current academic year:

21L.003 Reading Fiction: Voyages (Spring 2020)

21L.021 Comedy (Fall 2019)

21L.310 Bestsellers: Literature without Borders (Fall 2019)

21L.320 Big Books: Moby Dick Goes to the Movies (Fall 2019)


Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.003 Reading Fiction: Voyages (Spring 2020)

21L.021 Comedy (Fall 2019)

21L.310 Bestsellers: Literature without Borders (Fall 2019)

21L.320 Big Books: Moby Dick Goes to the Movies (Fall 2019)

21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Toni Morrison and Herman Melville, Talking About America (Spring 2019)

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. Develop 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 for annotating texts. Also working on different forms of mapping and visualization of literary works.

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

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Wyn Kelley on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

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Wyn Kelley on using Annotation Studio in the classroom