Melissa Sheedy is a Lecturer in German. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests include Romanticism, 18th- and 19th-century influences on contemporary German fiction, GDR and post-GDR literature, feminist theory and ecocriticism, and the relationships between violence, gender, and power in literary works. Her dissertation, Romanticism Reloaded: Romantic Trajectories in Contemporary German Literature, engages with the legacies and transformations of the Romantic period in post-1989 German fiction. Recent publications include “Feminine Paradigms and Fairy-tale Transformations in the Works of Kerstin Hensel: The Political Implications of Telling a Tale” (2019) and “Es war (noch) einmal: Grimm Versions of New Fairytales in the GDR” (2018, with Brandy Wilcox).