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Melvin Hill

Professor of English.

B.A. in English and B.A. in Composition and Technical Writing from University of Arkansas at Little Rock

M.S., and PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University


Teaching Interests and Areas:

Composition II, American Literary Tradition (Beginnings to 1865), American Literary Tradition (1865 to the Present), African American Literature 1900 to the Present, Black Writers in American (Themed), Culture and Identity, and Women Writers


Several of the above courses are taught online.

Research Interests and Areas:

Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century African American Literature, Identity Politics, Gender and Sexuality, Game Studies, and the Crime Novel

Most Recent Publications

“Black Deprivation in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Remastered and The Last of Us Part II.” Journal of Games Criticism, Vol. 5, Bonus Issue A: Surviving Whiteness in Games. January 2022. Download Full Text


Editor, Black Bodies and Transhuman Realities: Scientifically Modifying the Black Body in Posthuman Literature and Culture. New York: Lexington Books, 2019.


Book Reviewed, Metagaming: Playing, Competing, Spectating, Cheating, Trading, Making, and Breaking Videogames, by Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux. Configurations.(Summer 2019): 418-420. Download PDF

Project Under Development

The ‘Improbable Experiment’: Representation of Blackness in Video Games During the Obama Age


Email: mhill33@utm.edu

Website: http://utm.academia.edu/melvinhill


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