Professor of English


Melinda Rabb is the author of Satire and Secrecy in English Literature 1650-1750 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Miniature and the English Imagination: Literature, Cognition, and Small-Scale Culture 1650-1765 (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Her chapters and articles on 18th-c. novels, satire, drama, and poetry, and on authors including Swift, Manley, Pope, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Godwin, and Defoe, have appeared in books such as Cutting Edges: Postmodern Critical Essays on 18th-c. Satire (1995), A Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing (2002), The Blackwell Companion to Satire (2006), Reading Swift (2008, 2015, 2018), and The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing (2015), The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire (forthcoming 2020), and in journals such as Modern Language Studies, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, PLL, SEL, ECS and ELH. She has edited Lucius: The First Christian King of England for The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama, ed. Douglas Canfield (2000) and a special issue of Modern Language Studies titled Making and Rethinking the Canon: The Eighteenth Century XCIII: 1 (1988). Before joining Brown's faculty, she taught in the Humanities department at MIT. Her most recent publications draw on new research on embodiment, masculinity, and the relationship between war trauma (civil and foreign) and literature.

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