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Natalie Melas

Associate Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 245
nam5@cornell.edu
607-255-2220

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Overview

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (English, French, Ancient Greek), UC Berkeley. Her interests range across Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature and thought, modern Greek, modern French and modern English poetry, comparison, modernism and colonialism, modern reconfigurations of antiquity, Homer, Césaire, Cavafy, philosophies of time, decadence, barbarism, alexandrianism, comparative modernities, world literature in world history, postcolonial or decolonial studies, aesthetics and politics, critical theory. She is the author of All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford UP, 2007) and co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (Princeton UP, 2009).  Her current research centers on colonial poetics and the politics of time in Aimé Césaire and C.P. Cavafy. 

Departments/Programs

  • Comparative Literature

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Romance Studies

Affiliations

  • French Studies Program

Research

  • Transcultural Theory (between postcolonialism and globalism)
  • Comparison
  • Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature and thought
  • Modernism and colonialism
  • World Literature in a postcolonial frame
  • Poetics and politics of time

Courses

Publications

  • All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford UP, 2007) (ACLA René Wellek Prize Honorable Mention 2008)
  • co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (Princeton UP, 2009). 
  • "Poetry's Circumstance and Racial Time (Aimé Césaire, 1935-1945 or thereabouts)" special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on Cesaire and Negritude, July 2016
  • "Afterlives of Comparison: Equivalence, Value, Literature" for Ronan McDonald, ed, The Values of Literary Studies: Critical institutions, Scholarly Agendas. Cambridge University Press 2015
  • "Comparative Non-Contemporaneities: Ernst Bloch and C.L.R. James" in Daniel Stout and Jason Potts, ed. Theory Aside. Duke University Press, 2014.