Name: Melanie Benson Taylor (Herring Pond Wampanoag)
Title: Associate Professor of Native American Studies
Education: Ph.D., Boston University, 2005; M.A., Boston University, 1999; B.A., Smith College, 1998
Courses Taught: NAS 7, NAS 32, NAS 35
Melanie Benson Taylor is a literary critic who specializes in U.S. Southern studies. She explored the intersections of Native, African American, white, and immigrant southern cultures in her first two books: Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 (2008) and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (2012). She continues to examine the effects of economic anxiety on the construction of cultural identity and borders in two new books projects:Faulkner's Doom interrogates the use of Indian tropes in William Faulkner's modern South, and Indian Killers uncovers the phenomenon of violence and murder in texts by and about contemporary Native Americans.
Last Updated: 10/12/12