Associate Professor of English
Natalie Melas holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature (English, French, Ancient Greek) from the University of California–Berkeley. Her interests range across Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature and thought; modern Greek, modern French, and modern English poetry; comparison, modernism, and colonialism; modern reconfigurations of antiquity, Homer, Césaire, Cavafy; philosophies of time, decadence, barbarism, and Alexandrianism; comparative modernities, world literature in world history, postcolonial or decolonial studies; aesthetics and politics; and critical theory.
Melas is the author of All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford University Pree, 2007) and coeditor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (Princeton University Press, 2009). Her current research centers on colonial poetics and the politics of time in Aimé Césaire and C. P. Cavafy.