Melissa Bailes specializes in British literature of the long eighteenth century (1660-1830), the history of science, transatlantic and transnational studies, and women's writing. She has published on these topics in journals such as ELH, Eighteenth-Century Life, and European Romantic Review. Her current book manuscript, Questioning Nature: Natural History, British Women Writers, and the Quest for Originality, 1750-1830, argues that women, including Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Shelley, claimed scientific superiority to naturalists to destabilize seemingly fixed identities and revise not only biological but also social and literary taxonomies. Bailes received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, and the Chawton House Library in the UK.
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