Melissa F. Zeiger

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Associate Professor of English


Sanborn, Room 205
HB 6032


English and Creative Writing


  • B.A. Swarthmore College
  • M.A. Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Cornell University

Selected Publications

  • "The Ecopoetics of Survival: The Transborder Immigrant Tool and The Desert Survival Series," Ecozona Vol 10 No 1 (2019): Toward an Ecopoetics of Randomness and Design.

    "Elizabeth Bishop's Immersion in 'The Riverman',"" in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion), ed. Jonathan Ellis, 2019.

    "'Less Than Perfect': Negotiating Breast Cancer in Popular Romance Novels." Tulsa Studies In Women's Literature (Special Issue on Breast Cancer Literature), 32.2/33.1

    "Grace Paley's Poetics of Breath," Contemporary Women's Writing 2009 3(2):158-163

    Beyond Consolation: Death, Sexuality, and the Changing Shapes of Elegy
    (Cornell University Press, 1997)



Works In Progress

Current projects: The Poetics and Politics of Gardens; Elizabeth Bishop's Reading