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.
Other things I’m excited about include: Tweets of a Native Son, a website that features data visualizations about James Baldwin’s digital afterlives; “American Fiction in the Social Media Age,” an undergraduate literature course about new media and the contemporary American novel; the Digital Approaches Reading Group, a community of faculty, grad students, and staff broadly interested in “digital approaches” that I helped establish.
In my spare time, I play shooting guard for the English department’s intramural basketball team, “Negative Capability” (the Keats kind), where the nickname on the back of my jersey is “Eyre Jordan” (the Brontë kind). I also make Twitter bots on my raspberry pi , such as a memed-out William Carlos Williams and a bot that captures mentions of James Baldwin. You can check out more of my digital projects here.