Curriculum Vitae

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Stephen G. Melvin lives in Florence, Alabama, and is a Lecturer in the Department of English. In his spare time, he also produces documentaries, pens novels and short stories, and works as a freelance editor. His Amazon Author page is: amazon.com/author/stephengmelvin . Anyone wishing to inquire about services is encouraged to email him at: stephen.g.melvin@gmail.com .

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  • Scholarly:
    • “Shadows That Hide the Real World From Our Eyes”: Interpreting the Symbols and Narrative Gaps in Victorian Gothic Fiction – Master’s thesis. Available at Collier Library, call number LB2385 .M45 2002.
  • Scholarly (Upcoming):
    • The Monster as War Machine by Mabel Moraña.” Rocky Mountain Review, Vol. 72, No. 1, 2019. (Book Review).
    • “‘You Cannot Possibly Stop Them Alone’: The Formula Conspiracy Story, the Monomyth, and Whedon’s Complicated Heroics.” Re-entering the Dollhouse, edited by Heather Porter and Michael Starr. McFarland & Co., Inc.: 2020.
  • Film:
    • The Alabama Bigfoot Society, Documentary Short, Co-Producer. Premiered during the 21st Annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, Alabama.
    • The Hollerin’ Thang, Documentary Short: Writer, Narrator, Co-Producer. (Filming. Expected release date: Oct. 2020.)

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With co-producer/director Tashina Southard, the Q&A session after “The Alabama Bigfoot Society” at the 2018 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival.
  • Works in Progress:
    • Carols of Lonesome Love, Novel. (Currently seeking editor/publisher.)
    • All Things That Hate and Maul: Animal-Attack Fiction from Jaws to Cujo, Monograph, literary criticsm. (Currently seeking publisher.)

 

  • Conference Presentation:
    • 24 March 2017 – With Dr. Kathleen Richards and Zeynep Harkness, co-authored and co-presented “Engaging and Enriching ELLs through Glocalized Partnerships in Higher Education” at the TESOL 2017 International Convention and English Language Expo in Seattle, Washington.
    • 23 February 2018 – Presented “‘Surpassed by Her Beauty’: The Patriarchal Readership, the Sympathetic Imagination, and the Complication of Marie de France’s Proto-Feminism” at the Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy sponsored by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama in Troy, Alabama.
    • 23 June 2018 – Presented “‘Trouble Still Comes Around’: Sisyphean Philosophy in Avengers: Age of Ultron,” at the 8th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse in Florence, Alabama.
    • 6 October 2018 – Presented “‘It Troubles Almost Any Thinking Person’: Promoting Critical Thinking Skills through Firestarter and Study of Conspiracy Theories” at the 72nd Annual Convention of the 2018 RMMLA Conference, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association inCheyenne, Wyoming.
    • 29 June 2019 – Will present “West of Eden: The Loss of Paradise and the ‘American Adam’ in Animals-Attack Novels of the 70s and 80s” at the 2019 ASLE Conference, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in Davis, California.

 

  • Invited Presentations:
    • 17 January 2013 – Presented “Unchained Medley: How Tarantino Made B-Movies Grade A” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. The talk highlighted the influence of the paracinema on Quentin Tarantino’s oeuvre and addressed its connection to the controversy surrounding Django Unchained.
    • 13 July 2017 – Presented “‘Not in That Onesie You’re Not’: Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. The talk analyzed the divergent story arc of the Wall-Crawler from the comics to the MCU while also addressing the issues of diversity and economic inequality portrayed in the movie.
    • 15 July 2017 – Addressed the Shoals Writers Guild with Bit by Bit, Bird by Bird, Boulder by Boulder: Revising and Editing First Drafts.”
    • 27 February 2018 – With Dr. Karla Zelaya, Dr. Andrea Hunt, and Jason McCall, was a panelist on a roundtable discussion of the film Black Panther at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. My portion of the panel highlighted the influence of the comic books on the film, particularly the 1998-2003 Marvel Knights series authored by Christoper Priest.
    • 21 March 2018: Delivered the keynote address at the UNA Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony, “A Noble Craft, but Somehow a Most Melancholy!”
    • 25 March 2019 – Presented “‘This Fish Doesn’t Run: Jaws at 45” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. The talk marked the 45th anniversary of the novel’s publication by highlighting the impact of the narrative as well as examining the cultural zeitgeist that made its creation possible.
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          Discussing Spider-Man at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

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          At the Black Panther panel, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

 

  • Education:
    • 2002: Graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Alabama with an M.A. in English.
    • 2000: Graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in English and Criminal Justice.

 

  • Experience:
    • 2018 – present: Lecturer, Department of English
    • 2015 – 2018: Visiting Instructor of English
    • 2003 – 2015: Adjunct Instructor of English
    • Classes Taught:
      • EN111 – First-Year Composition I: A course focused on developing students’ skills in writing, effective communication, revision and editing, critical reading and analysis.
      • EN112 – First-Year Composition II: Building off EN111, with additional topics of research, critical thinking, and argumentation covered.
      • EN111H – First-Composition Honors: Offered to those enrolled in the Honors Program, with an additional community service component included.
      • EN112H – First-Year Composition Honors II: See above.
      • EN211 – Survey of British Literature, Part I: Covers Early British literature to the Neoclassical Age.
      • EN212 – Survey of British Literature, Part II: Picks up with the Romantic Era and continues into contemporary British literature.
      • EN221 – American Literature through Whitman: Surveys the literature of America from the folklore of Native Americans to the first settlers to the rise of American Romanticism.
      • EN231 – Literature of the World, Part I: Spans the literature of antiquity to the Renaissance.
      • EN232 – Literature of the World, Part II: Resumes the survey with the Neoclassical Age up to contemporary world literature.
      • EN231H – Honors Literature of the World, Part I: For honors students, additional depth and focus on theoretical framework/literary analysis are included.

 

 

  • Professional Organizations:
    • Sigma Tau Delta
    • Alpha Kappa Delta
    • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
    • Whedon Studies Association (WSA)
    • Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA)
    • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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