Jeffrey Melton

Associate Professor

  • Distinguished Teaching Fellow, 2016-2019


Faculty Hours


For Fall 2017, office hours by appointment only

Faculty Education


Clemson University (B.A.) University of South Carolina (M.A., Ph.D.)

Faculty Research


19th- and 20th-century American literature; road culture and tourism theory; Mark Twain; American humor and satire  

Faculty Teaching


Popular humor; satire; road and car cultures; tourism; and landscape imagination

Faculty Publications


Book: Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002, rpt. 2009. Edited Book: Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader. Co-edited with Alan Gribben. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009. Articles: “Romancing the American Dream: The Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona.” Studies in American Humor 3.1 (2017): 1-21. “’Immediate Consciousness’ and the American Open Road: Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” Studies in Travel Writing 17.4 (2013): 398-410. "Mark Twain and the Middle Landscape in Paint and Print." Mark Twain Journal 48.1-2 (2010 [2013]): 14-28. “Keeping the Faith in Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.” South Atlantic Review 64.2 (1999): 58-80. “The Tourist as Art Critic: Mark Twain and the Old Masters.” Studies in American Culture 22.2 (1999): 61-69. “The Trouble with Tourists: Authenticity and the Failure of Tourism.” Popular Culture Review 10.2 (1999): 9-19. “Touring Decay: Nineteenth-Century American Travel Writers in Europe.” Papers on Language and Literature 35.2 (1999): 206-22. Book Chapters: "Tourism and Landscape in The Awakening." Critical Insights: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Edited by Robert C. Evans. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press/Grey House Publishing, 2014. 162-75. “The Subversion of Happy Endings in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.” The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World . Edited by Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula, and Karen Randell. New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia UP, 2013. 66-78. --co-written with Eric Sterling. “Seeing the River: Mark Twain’s Landscape Imagination.” Mark Twain’s Geographical Imagination. Ed. Joseph A. Alvarez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 101-15. “Mark Twain and Travel Writing.” A Companion to Mark Twain. Ed. Louis Budd and Peter Messent. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. 338-53.