I’m Melanie Walsh, a PhD candidate in 20th- and 21st-century American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. I’m working on a dissertation that follows postwar American literature as it’s been recirculated by networks of readers in the 21st century, tentatively titled Postwar Redux. My first chapter, “Tweets of a Native Son,” follows the quotation and circulation of James Baldwin during the #Ferguson protests. You can check out some of my work-in-progress for this chapter here.
Other things I’m excited about right now include teaching a 300-level literature course about social media and the contemporary American novel and co-convening the Digital Approaches Reading Group.
In my spare time, I also play shooting guard for a nerdy-as-heck intramural basketball team called Negative Capability, under the mash-up moniker Eyre Jordan, and I occasionally make Twitter bots about Kanye West.