Hi, I’m Melanie Walsh, and I’m currently finishing my PhD in 20th- and 21st-century American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Starting in August 2019, I will be a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University.
My dissertation, Postwar Redux: The Recirculation of Postwar American Fiction and the Rise of Networked Readers in the 21st Century, narrated two intertwined literary histories: the emergence of what I call “networked reading” and the resurrected lives of post-1945, pre-2000 American literary history as told by networked readers. Through the lens of #BlackLivesMatter tweets, licensed Amazon fanfiction, underground libraries, Tumblr selfies, and more, I examined how the writings of James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, and Chris Kraus were remediated and repurposed by people over the last two decades.
My analyses in Postwar Redux were bolstered by the use of digital and computational tools, and I am passionate about bringing computational methods to humanistic inquiry in my research as well as my teaching. At Cornell, I am excited to be designing and teaching an Introduction to Cultural Analytics course for humanities students with no previous programming background.