Peter Melville


Peter Melville Title: Professor
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-1000-001 English 1A

(W) ENGL-2613-001 Fantasy Fiction

(F/W) ENGL-4110-001 Critical Theory



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

"Urban Fantasy, Interconnectedness, and Ecological Disaster: Reading Anne Bishop's The Others Series. "Studies in the Fantastic 8 (Winter 2019/Spring2020): 86-107.

"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, August 2020.

"Unconscious Gods and the Return of Belief in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Forthcoming.

“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.