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Melissa Pennell

Melissa Pennell
Melissa M PennellProfessor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentEnglish
  • Phone(978) 934-4198
  • EmailMelissa_Pennell@uml.edu

Research Interests

19th & early 20th century American Literature, American Women Novelists, Mystery & Detective Fiction

Education

  • BA: English and Sociology, (), College of William and Mary - Williamsburg, VA
  • MA: English, (), Brown University - Providence, RI
    Supporting Area: American Literature, British Literature
  • Ph D: English, (), Brown University - Providence, RI
    Supporting Area: American Literature (Colonial to Modern), American Regional Literature, British Literature (Neo-classical to Modern)

Awards and Honors

  • Honors Program Faculty Mentor Award (2012) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society) (2008)
  • Faculty Recognition Award (2002) - National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAA)
  • English Department Teaching Excellence Award (1998)
  • Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) (1998)
  • Exemplary Faculty Volunteer (1994) - University of Massachusetts Lowell Office of Community Service

Publications

  • Pennell, M.M. (2012) " “Justice to Edith Wharton? Early Critical Responses”," Cambridge U P pp. 93-102
  • Pennell, M.M. (2007) "Masterpieces of American Romantic Literature," China Renmin University Press
  • Pennell, M.M. (2006) ""The Scarlet Letter"," Charles Scribner's Sons pp. 1028-1036
  • Pennell, M.M. (2004) "Review of "Monuments and Memory: History and Representation in Lowell, Massachusetts" (review)," Biography 26:4 pp. 760-762
  • Pennell, M.M. (2003) "New England Life," The Women's Review of Books pp. 25-26
  • Pennell, M.M. (2003) "Student Companion to Edith Wharton," Greenwood Press
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) ""The Mentor's Charge"," U Press Florida pp. 34-46
  • Goldman-Price, I.C., Pennell, M.M. (1999) "American Literary Mentors," U Press Florida
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne," Greenwood Press
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Alice Brown”," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Herbert Dickinson Ward” ," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“James Oppenheim"," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Louis A. Godey”," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Phoebe Atwood Taylor,”," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Sophia Hawthorne”," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“The Unfortunate Fall: Women and Genteel Poverty in the Fiction of Hawthorne and Freeman”," UMass Press pp. 191-203
  • Pennell, M.M. (1999) "“Thorne Smith”," Oxford U P
  • Pennell, M.M. (1997) "“Lowell Mill Girls” ," Salem Press
  • Pennell, M.M. (1997) "“The Cult of True Womanhood” ," Salem Press
  • Pennell, M.M. (1997) "“Upton Sinclair”," M.E. Sharpe pp. 705-709
  • Pennell, M.M. (1995) " Review of "The Uncollected Short Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman,”," American Literary Realism pp. 92-93
  • Pennell, M.M. (1994) "“Through the Golden Gate: Madness and the Persephone Myth in Gertrude Atherton’s ‘The Foghorn’.”," U Press Florida pp. 84-98
  • Pennell, M.M. (1991) " “The Liberating Will: Freedom of Choice in the Fiction of Mary Wilkins Freeman”," G. K. Hall pp. 207-221
  • Pennell, M.M. (1990) ""A New Spiritual Biography - Domesticity and Sorority in the Fiction ofSarah Orne Jewett"," Studies in American Fiction 18:2 pp. 193-206
  • Pennell, M.M. (1989) "“Charlotte MacLeod”," Salem Press pp. 1177-1183
  • Pennell, M.M. (1988) "“Dark Lady Triumphant: Innovations in American Romance in Charles Fenno Hoffman’s Greyslaer: A Romance of the Mohawk.” ," Mid-Hudson Language Studies pp. 41-49
  • Pennell, M.M. (1987) "“From Hell fer Sartain to Kingdom Come: John Fox, Jr.’s Preservation of the Masculine Ethos.," Kentucky Folklore Record: A Regional Journal of Folklore and Folklife pp. 130-136

Presentations

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  • - "Eminent Women", - Concord, MA
  • "The Crime and Detective Fiction of Dennis Lehane", June 2013 - Merrimac, MA
  • "The Many Lives of Sherlock Holmes", June 2013
  • "Mystery and Detective Fiction: Traditions and Innovations", August 2012 - Hooksett, NH
  • "Surveillance and the Dynamics of Power in Edith Wharton's The Old Maid" - Edith Wharton in Florence Conference, June 2012
  • "The History of Mystery and Detective Fiction", March 2012 - Amherst, NH
  • "Reinventing the Hard-Boiled Tradition", June 2011
  • "Scandals, Scoundrels, and Spoils: Houses in the Fiction of Henry James" with Dr. Marie Frank (Cultural Studies) - Sigma Tau Delta Forum, November 2010
  • "Cooking Up Crime: Culinary Detective Fiction", October 2010 - N. Chelmsford
  • "The Mystery Novels of Dennis Lehane", July 2010 - Tewksbury, MA
  • "The Legacy of Robert B. Parker", June 2010
  • "Nathaniel Hawthorne: His Life and Fiction", Workshop Leader - Seasonal Ranger Training Sessions, May 2010 - Concord, MA
  • "The Mystery Novels of Dennis Lehane", March 2010 - Chelmsford, MA
  • "New England Mystery Novels", June 2009
  • "Teaching Research and Writing", Session Discussion Leader for Vertical Alignment Workshop, February 2009
  • , November 2008 - North Andover, MA
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, August 2008 - Concord, MA
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, July 2008 - Concord, MA
  • "Armchair Travel/Armchair Detection", June 2008
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, June 2008 - Concord, MA
  • "The Joys of Being a Life-Long Student, or, Why I Read Literature" - Convocation Address, September 2007
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, August 2007
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, July 2007
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, June 2007
  • "Birds of the Merrimack Valley" - Honors Program, "Pizza with a Prof Night", September 2006
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, August 2006
  • "Hawthorne, Salem, and the Seven Gables", July 2006 - Salem, MA
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, July 2006
  • "Massachusetts Mysteries", June 2006
  • - NEH Funded Landmarks in American History Series, June 2006
  • "Teaching Hawthorne Using the Hawthorne in Salem Web Site", February 2006
  • "Crime is a Laughing Matter: Detective Fiction and Humor", July 2005
  • "To Live by the Clock and the Bell: Lowell's Female Operatives, 1830-1855" - Summer Conversation Series, July 2004 - Concord, MA
  • "Hawthorne as We See Him: The Evolution of Hawthorne Biography from Henry James to the Present", June 2004 - Minuteman National Park, Concord, MA
  • "Mysteries and History", June 2004
  • "Hawthorne at 200: Teachers' Seminar", panel moderator - Hawthorne Bicentennial Celebration, June 2004 - Concord, MA
  • "Whose House Shall Stand? Walden's 'Economy' in the Context of Women's Advice Literature" - American Literature Association Conference, May 2004 - San Francisco, CA
  • "Subverting the Subversive: Hawthorne's Containment of Female Character" - "Hawthorne and the Woman Question", March 2004 - Salem State College
  • "Student Engagement and Retention", Conversation Dinner, March 2004
  • "Reasons to Consider Project-Based and Service Learning" - Winter Institute, "Beyond Lectures, Exams, and Essays: Exploring Project-Based and Service Learning", January 2004
  • "Lois Larcom, Boardinghouse Keeper", staff development workshop, October 2003 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "Literature and Reform", workshops - Teaching American History Program, October 2003 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "Literature and Reform", workshops - Teaching American History Program, August 2003 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "'All the Learned Ladies': Intellectual Women in Emerson's Circle", Co-organizer - Summer Conversation Series, July 2003 - Concord, MA
  • "Art, Music, Museums and Murder", June 2003
  • "Edith Wharton and Her World" - Literary Society Colloquium Series, April 2003
  • "Not Just a Poor Little Rich Girl: Edith Wharton and American Fiction" - Honors Colloquium, November 2002
  • "Not Just a Poor Little Rich Girl: Edith Wharton and American Fiction", October 2002
  • "New Directions in Mystery Fiction", June 2002
  • "Social Capital and The Problem of Benevolence in Howells's Annie Kilburn" - American Literature Association Conference, May 2002 - Long Beach, CA
  • "Mentors and Friends of Louisa May Alcott", April 2002 - Concord, MA
  • Overview of her course "The Family in American Literature" and how it meets Gen Ed diversity requirements - Faculty Winter Institute, January 2002
  • "Meet Lois Larcom, A Boardinghouse Keeper in Lowell", a living history presentation and discussion - Honors Colloquium, November 2001
  • "Elizabeth Peabody and Early Childhood Education" - "Life is My College" Summer Series, July 2001 - Concord, MA
  • "Friendship as a Source of Social Transformation in Louisa May Alcott's Fiction" - Summer Series, July 2001 - Concord, MA
  • "Edith Wharton's Life and Writings", June 2001
  • "Mill Girl Lecture", workshop for teachers with Sheila Kirschbaum - Primary Source, May 2001 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "Edith Wharton and 'Roman Fever'", April 2001 - Salem, MA
  • "Constructing and Using the NEH Hawthorne Web Site" - NEMLA Conference, March 2001 - Hartford, CT
  • "Helen Hunt Jackson and Indian Rights" in the session "Mightier than the Sword: American Women Writers as Activists" - Lowell Women's History Conference, November 2000
  • "Literary Responses to the Industrial Revolution", lecture and discussion - Honors Colloquium, September 2000
  • "to bring her face to face with her people": Woman, Ownership, and Power in Wharton's Fruit of the Tree - Edith Wharton Society Conference, June 2000 - Newport
  • "Language and Gender Issues", panelist at a conversation dinner - Council on Diversity and Pluralism, April 2000
  • "Duty's Child Revisited: Young Women in the Early Fiction of Sarah Orne Jewett" - NEMLA Conference, April 2000 - Buffalo, NY
  • "What's a Mother to Do? 19th Century Advice Literature and American Fiction", March 2000
  • "The Task Force For Quality Advisint: A Communication Network That Works" with Sheila Riley-Callahan and Kim Vitchkoski - NACADA Regional Conference, March 2000 - Portland
  • "Language and Gender-Coded Stereotypes", Panelist - UMass Lowell Symposium on Diversity and Pluralism, March 2000
  • , June 1999
  • "Responses to the Industrial Revolution", workshop for middle school teachers, February 1999 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "Keeper of the House", Workshop Session - Lowell Women's History Conference, November 1998
  • Two workshops for teachers as part of a DOE Summer Institute - "The American Industrial Revolution", July 1998 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "What are We Doing? Where are We Going?: The Future of the English Major" - NEMLA Conference, April 1998 - Baltimore
  • "Four New England Poets", January 1998
  • Staff Development Workshop - "Women's Captivity Narratives", January 1998
  • Staff Development Workshop - "Anne Bradstreet: Windows into a 17th century Woman's Life", November 1997
  • Workshop for Teachers - "Literary Responses to the Industrial Revolution: Using Primary Sources", November 1997 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "Redefining Space and Reclaiming the Self in Alice Brown's 'Joint Owners in Spain'" - New England Voices Conference, October 1997
  • , September 1997 - Haverhill, MA
  • , April 1997 - North Reading, MA
  • "Beyond Concord: Literary Influences and Inspirations for Louisa May Alcott", March 1997 - Concord, MA
  • Moderator for Lecture Series - "Women Writers: Sources of Inspiration", March 1997
  • "The Sonnet: Traditional and Modern", January 1997
  • "New England Diarists", July 1996
  • "Women in Mystery Fiction", May 1996 - Salem, MA
  • "Berneice Bobs her Hair" (Fitzgerald) and "The Music Room" (Updike), April 1996 - North Reading, MA
  • , March 1996
  • , March 1996 - North Andover, MA
  • Dorothy Sayers' The Nine Tailors, February 1996 - North Andover, MA
  • New England Poets Past and Present, Part II: Frost to Kenyon, January 1996
  • Workshop for Teachers with Dr. Mary Kramer - "Literary Responses to the Industrial Revolution", October 1995 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "'A Net Flung Wide': Mother Voices in Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones" - Women Writers of Color Conference, October 1995 - Ocean City, MD
  • "Being Boys and Girls: American Childhood in Little Women and Tom Sawyer", July 1995 - Concord
  • New England Poets Past and Present, Part I: Bradstreet to Dickinson, June 1995
  • Workshop for Teachers - "Work and the American Identity", April 1995 - The Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA
  • "American Literature in the Era of Moby Dick" - Literary Society, April 1995
  • Talk with Dr. Alice Walters - "Women in Detective Fiction", March 1995 - Lowell, MA
  • "Mythic Transformations in Joyce Carol Oates' Black Water" - NEMLA Conference, March 1995 - Boston, MA
  • University's "Guest Teacher" program at area high schools, 1994
  • "The Fiction of Margaret Atwood" - Literary Society, October 1994
  • Living History Program, portrayal of Elizabeth Hoar, October 1994 - Concord, MA
  • Workshop on The Graduate School Application Process - Literary Society, September 1994
  • "American Fiction by Ethnic and Minority Writers", August 1994
  • - "Fictional Models of Change for Working Women", March 1994
  • "Myth and the Runaway Female: Lydia Maria Child's Hobomok" - NEMLA Conference, March 1994 - Pittsburgh
  • "Labor Fiction in America", January 1994
  • - "What Color Was her Parasol?: Women, Work, and Wages in 19th Century New England", January 1994 - Lowell, MA
  • University's "Guest Teacher" program at area high schools, 1993
  • Discussion on College Writing and other issues in English Education - Literary Society, November 1993
  • - Hawthorne's "The Prophetic Pictures", October 1993 - Concord, MA
  • Workshop on Preparing for Essay Exams - Literary Society, October 1993
  • "Best Sellers: Are They Literature?", August 1993
  • Faculty Presenter - University's Strategies for Success Program, August 1993
  • - "Ellen Craft", July 1993 - Concord, MA
  • "Dressed to Kill: Dress Reform and Women Writers in 19th Century America" - Conference on Scholarship on Women in Society, June 1993
  • - "Mother's Day: From Sacrifice to Sentimentality", May 1993
  • "Meaningful Work and Social Reform in the Fiction of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps" - "19th Century Feminist Strategies for Nonviolence" Conference, March 1993
  • - "Dressed to Kill: 19th Century Clothing and Women's Images", March 1993
  • "From Victim to Victoria: Women in Detective Fiction", January 1993
  • "Taking Essay Exams" and "The Term Paper", October 1992
  • "Writing Resumes and Cover Letters" - English Department Career Day, October 1992
  • Faculty Presenter - Strategies for Success Program, August 1992
  • "New England in Fiction", July 1992
  • - "Eminent Women: Private Lives/Public Spheres", May 1992 - Concord, MA
  • "Age and Authority in the Fiction of Alice Brown" - NEMLA Conference, April 1992 - Buffalo, NY
  • "What do Students Read Today? The PC Debate", February 1992
  • "The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Discoveries", December 1991 - Nashua, NH
  • "The Life and Work of Mary Wilkins Freeman", August 1991 - Concord, MA
  • "The Life and Work of Mary Wilkins Freeman", August 1991
  • "The Rise of the Novel & Its Development in America", August 1991
  • Faculty Presenter - Orientation, August 1991
  • , April 1991
  • "Artifacts tell tales That Women must Interpret: Revivifying the Past in the Fiction of Alice Brown" - Sourthern American Studies Association Conference, February 1991 - Williamsburg, VA
  • "Tough Molls and Gumshoes: Hard-boiled Detective Fiction", January 1991
  • "Mystery Fiction and Judeo-Christian Values", June 1990 - Lowell, MA
  • "Mystery Fiction and the Christian Tradition", April 1990 - Nashua, NH
  • "The Gospel of Matthew and Typology" and "The Gospel of Matthew and Greco-Roman Literature", April 1990 - Nashua, NH
  • "The Power of Women's Narrative in Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding" - NEMLA Conference, April 1990 - Toronto
  • "Beyond the Plantation: Constructing Images of the Black Community in the Fiction of Ruth McEnery Stuart" - American Studies Association Conference, November 1989 - Toronto, Ontario
  • "Meditative Poetry", September 1989 - Nashua, NH
  • "Entering the Underworld: Madness and Power in Gertrude Atherton's 'The Foghorn'" - NEMLA Conference, March 1989 - Wilmington, DE
  • "Is Turnabout Fair Play? Gender, Language and Social Norms in Thorne Smith's Novel of Manners" - Twentieth Century Literature Conference, February 1989 - Louisville, KY
  • "Redefining the Elect: De-centering the Ministry in the Fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe" - Mid-Hudson MLA Conference, November 1988 - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • "The City and the Shore: New England's Popular Culture in the Detective Fiction of Charlotte MacLeod" - New England Popular Culture Association Conference, November 1988 - Hartford, CT
  • "A New Spiritual Biography Domesticity and Sorority in Jewett's 'Miss Tempy's Watchers' and 'The Passing of Sister Barsett'" - NEMLA Conference, March 1988 - Providence, RI
  • "Rest ye Merry: The Christmas Motif in Mystery and Detective Fiction", November 1987 - Portland, ME
  • "Dark Lady Triumphant: Innovations in American Romance in Charles Fenno Hoffman's Greyslaer" - Mid-Hudson MLA Conference, November 1987 - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • - Resume Writing Workshop, October 1987
  • "From Hell fer Sartain to Kingdom Come: John Fox Jr.'s Preservation of the Masculine Ethos", March 1987 - Montreal
  • "Clarissa in America: Preliminary Findings" - Seminar on the History of the Book in American Culture, June 1986 - Worcester, MA
  • "Mark Twain's Huck Finn" - Twain/Huck Finn Centennial, November 1985 - Lowell, MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • "Inventing America: Lowell And The Industrial Revolution" (), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), Montrie, C., Kirschbaum, S.
  • "Inventing America: Lowell And The Industrial Revolution" (2008), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), Montrie, C., Kirschbaum, S.
  • "Inventing America: Lowell And The Industrial Revolution" (2007), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), Montrie, C., Kirschbaum, S.
  • Cultural Economy Grant for the Urban Village Arts Scene (2007), Grant - UMass President's Office
    Pennell, M. (Other), Szczesiul, A.
  • "Inventing America: Lowell And The Industrial Revolution" (2006), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), O'Connell, P., Kirschbaum, S.
  • "Inventing America: Lowell And The Industrial Revolution" (2005), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), O'Connell, P., Kirschbaum, S.
  • (2000), - NEH
    Pennell, M. (Other), Whitney, T.
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Planning Grant for the Literary Map of Massachusetts (2002), Grant - Massachusetts Center for the Book
    Pennell, M. (Other), Shaloo, S.
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (1998), -
    Pennell, M. (Other)
  • A Faculty Development Grant (1994), -
    Pennell, M. (Principal)
  • A Task Force on Teaching and Learning Excllence Grant (1994), -
    Pennell, M. (Principal)
  • Public Service Endowment Grant (1994), Grant -
    Pennell, M.
  • Task Force on Teaching and Learning Excellence Grant (1994), Grant -
    Pennell, M. (Other)
  • NEH Grant: "Why Concord?" (1993), Grant -
    Pennell, M. (Other)
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (1994), -
    Pennell, M. (Other)
  • CITA Grant (1993), -
    Pennell, M. (Principal)
  • Seed Money Grant (1985), -
    Pennell, M. (Principal)