Dr. Melanie Adley

Associate Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies ProgramMelanie Adley
Associate Director, Alice Paul Center

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

411 Cohen Hall
249 South 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Telephone: (215) 898-0795
Fax: (215) 898-1803
Email: madley at sas.upenn.edu 

Curriculum Vitae




I received an AM (2008) and a PhD (2013) in German Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (2010) here at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that I was in Boston where I received a MA in German Literature from Tufts University (2007) and a BA from Boston University (2004) with a double major in German and Spanish. I have spent significant time studying and researching in Germany, Austria, and also Spain.


My research interests include feminist and queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist pedagogy, as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Austrian literature. In my dissertation, Shattering Fragility: Illness, Suicide, and Refusal in fin-de-siècle Viennese Literature, I offered a queer feminist reading of writing on and by women in Vienna 1900 and complicated the understanding of female subjectivity and sexuality at the time. Specifically, I investigated representations of mainly bourgeois women and their fragility in order to reconsider illness and suicide as potential gestures of authority and refusal. I am currently working on a cross-disciplinary book project, Remotely Related, and also pursuing research on queer and feminist teaching practices.

Recent/Current Courses:

Gender and Society

Introduction to Queer Studies 



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