Michelle Masse

Michelle  Massé 


Bachelor's Degree(s): Ann Maria College
PhD: Brown
Phone: (225) 578-2989

E-mail: mmasse@lsu.edu

Office: 212-P Allen Hall



Michelle Massé received her B.A. from Anna Maria College, with a double major in English and Comparative Literature. Her Ph.D. is from Brown University, where she focused upon theory of the novel and wrote a dissertation entitled "Dark Idolatry of Self: Narcissism and the Bildungsroman from Goethe through Wolfe." She's currently working on two book projects and a co-edited collection. The first, Communities and the Work of Louisa May Alcott, examines the enactments of communities in Alcott's work, genre as community, and readership communities across historical periods and through media. The second, Great Expectations: Gendering Age, Narcissism, and the Bildungsroman considers the ways in which narcissism is a cultural, as well as individual, construction through examining two key variables of entitlement, age and sex. The co-edited collection is about stages of women's academic lives, from the graduate student years through retirement.

Area of Interest

Feminist and psychoanalytic theory, theory and criticism of the novel, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone novel

Awards & Honors

Service-Learning Faculty Scholar, LSU, 2010
Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund ATLAS Grant, 2007-08
Senior Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. New Brunswick, 2004-05. "Gendered Passages in Historical Perspective" topic: "The Gendering of Children."
H. M. "Hub" Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence, 2004
National Humanities Center Fellow, 1999-2000
Obermann Center Fellow. "Late Life: Representations, Perceptions, Possibilities" Faculty Research Seminar. The University of Iowa. July 19-30, 1999
LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award, 1997
Women's and Gender Studies Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award, 1997
Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund. "Women's and Gender Studies Faculty and Curriculum Development Summer Institute." 1994-95. Sole author. Designed and ran a month-long program that supported 16 faculty for 2-4 weeks to study feminist theory and praxis, develop interdisciplinary expertise, and outline the frame for a WGS major.
Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund, "Development of a Women's and Gender Studies Program at LSU." 1991-92. Sole author. Designed and ran a month-long program that supported 25 faculty members for 1-4 weeks to study feminist theory and praxis, develop interdisciplinary expertise, and outline the frame for a WGS minor.
Monticello College Foundation Fellowship, Newberry Library, Spring 1989

Selected Publications


In the Name of Love: Women, Masochism, and the Gothic. Reading Women Writing series. Cornell University Press, 1992.

Co-edited with Katie J. Hogan. Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces. State University of New York Press, 2010. http://www.overtenmillionserved.com/Welcome.html

Selected Articles and Essays

"'All Things Visible and Invisible': Believing in Higher Education." In Something to Declare: A Collection of Critical Credos. Ed. Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. Reprinting of essay in "Critical Credos" special issue of the minnesota review. 71-72 (Winter/Spring 2009): 228-36.

"Psychoanalysis and the Gothic." New Companion to the Gothic. 2nd ed. Ed. David Punter. New York/London: Basil Blackwell, 2011. (Companion to the Gothic. 1st ed., 1999. 229-41.)

"Constructing the Psychoanalytic Child: Freud's History of an Infantile Neurosis." The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader.. Ed. Caroline Lavender and Carol Singley. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003. 149-66.

"Finding Patterns in the Text: Teaching Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wall-Paper." MLA Approaches to Teaching Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper" and "Herland." Ed. Denise D. Knight and Cynthia J. Davis. New York: Modern Language Association, 2003. 61-6.

"Mirror, Mirror: Narcissism and Aging in Elizabeth Taylor's Angel and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres." Special issue of Journal of Aging Studies 17 (Spring 2003): 43-53.

"The Gothic's Vile Bodies." Gothic Studies 2.2 (April 2000): 157-72.

"Melodramas of Beset (Real) Womanhood: Women Narrating Feminism in Academe." Concerns: A Publication of the Women's Caucus for the Modern Language Association. 27.1-2 (Spring 2000): 36-43.

"'He's More Myself than I Am': Narcissism and Gender in Wuthering Heights." Psychoanalyses/Feminisms. Ed. Peter Rudnytsky and Andrew Gordon. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999. 135-53.

"Psychoanalysis and the Gothic." Companion to the Gothic. Ed. David Punter. New York/London: Basil Blackwell, 1999. 229-41.

"Songs to Aging Children: Louisa May Alcott's March Trilogy." Little Women and the Feminist Imagination. Ed. Janice M. Alberghene and Beverly Lyon Clark. Children's Literature and Culture series, ed. Jack Zipes. New York: Garland Publishers, 1999. 323-46.

"Gothic Repetition: Husbands, Horrors, and Things That Go Bump in the Night." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 15.4 (1990): 679-709.

Editorial Work

Series Editor, Feminist Criticism and Theory, SUNY Press, 1988- . Over 50 volumes to date. The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, by Marla Brettschneider, given a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Awards
Board of Readers, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 2007-
Manuscript readings for differences, Feminist Studies, Genre, Henry James Review, Mosaic, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, PMLA, Signs, Studies in the Novel, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and numerous presses

National Offices

Executive Board Member at Large, Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, 2010 - 14
First Vice-President, Women's Caucus of the Modern Languages (Executive Committee member 2009-14).
Chair, Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee, 2006-07 (300 members; Acting Chair 2005-06, Executive Committee member, 2003-04)
Acting Chair, Nominating Committee, Modern Language Association, 2003-2004
Co-Chair, Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, Modern Language Association, 2002-2004 (Executive Committee member, 2001-04)
Chair/Executive Committee member of Age Studies Discussion Group, Psychoanalytic Approaches to Fiction, Prose Fiction


Curriculum Vitae


Interviews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXHzzvWyKLQ