Peter Melville

Peter Melville Title: Professor; Honours Chair
Office: 2A32
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.786.9261


Peter Melville is Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, where he teaches courses on fantasy fiction, poetry, Romanticism, and critical theory. His current research focuses on eco-fantasy criticism and the role of belief in contemporary fantasy fiction.

Teaching Areas:
Fantasy Fiction, Poetry, Critical Theory, Romanticism


(F) ENGL-1000-002 English 1A

(W) ENGL-2613-001 Fantasy Fiction

(FW) ENGL-3210-001 Romantic Literature and Culture



Writing about Literature: An Introductory Guide. Scarborough, ON: Nelson Education, 2011.

Romantic Hospitality and the Resistance to Accommodation: Rousseau, Kant, Coleridge, and Mary Shelley. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, March 2007.

Special Issues

Co-editor, with Michelle Faubert. Special Issue "Romanticism and Rights". European Romantic Review 27.3 (2016).

Essays & Book Chapters

"Unconscious Gods and the Return of Belief in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 33.1 (Spring 2021): 16-28.

"Demonizing Nature: Ecocriticism and Popular Fantasy." Avenging Nature: The Role of Nature in Contemporary Art and Literature. Eds. Eduardo Valls Oyarzun et al. Roman & Littlefield, September 2020.

"Urban Fantasy, Interconnectedness, and Ecological Disaster: Reading Anne Bishop's The Others Series. "Studies in the Fantastic 8 (Spring 2020): 86-107

“Queerness and Homophobia in Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogies.” Extrapolation 59.3 (2018): 281-303.

“The ‘sick imagination’ of Godwin’s Fleetwood.” RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 65 (2014-2015): 25 pars.

Co-author, with Michelle Faubert. "Introduction: Romanticism and Rights. Special Issue "Romanticism and Rights". European Romantic Review 27.3 (2016): 281-84.

"Revolutionary Subjectivity in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy." Studies in the Fantastic 3 (Winter 2015/Spring 2016): 23-44.

“Witnessing the ‘Unwitnessed’ in Stephen Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 26.2 (2015): 276-91.

“Lying with Godwin and Kant: Truth and Duty in St. Leon.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.1 (2014): 19-37.

“Another Way: Smallville’s Tess Mercer as Ethical Hero.” Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland (2014), 83-99.

“Strangers Among Us: Figures of Refuge in Caleb Williams and St. Leon.European Romantic Review 24.3 (2013): 335-342.

“Monstrous Ingratitude: Hospitality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” European Romantic Review 19.2 (2008): 179-185.

“The Problem of Immunity in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” SEL: Studies in English Literature (2007): 825-846.

“Staging the Nation: Hospitable Performances in Kant’s Anthropology.” European Romantic Review 17.1 (January 2006): 39-53.

“‘A friendship of taste’: The Aesthetics of Eating Well in Kant’s Anthropology.” Cultures of Taste/Theories of Appetite: Eating Romanticism. Ed. Timothy Morton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.  203-216

“The Sleepy Carib: Rousing the ‘Native Informant’ in Rousseau.” European Romantic Review 13.2 (2002): 183-191.

“Kant’s Dinner Party: Anthropology from a Foucauldian Point of View.” Mosaic 35.2 (2002): 92-109.

“Spectres of Schelling: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Limits of Freedom.” Arachne 7.1/2 (2000): 62-75.

“‘Illuminism and Terrorism’: Melancholia and Hypochondria in Immanuel Kant’s Anthropology.” The Dalhousie Review 79.3 (1999): 335-354.