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Melissa Littlefield

Melissa Littlefield

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102D English


Feminist Science Studies, Science Fiction, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory


Science and Literature, Feminist Science Studies, Science Fiction, Technology and Modernity, Body Studies


Books and Edited Collections

Littlefield, Melissa M. 2018. Instrumental Intimacy: EEG Wearables and Neuroscientific Control. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Littlefield, Melissa M. 2011. The Lying Brain: Lie Detection in Science and Science Fiction. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Littlefield, Melissa M. and Jenell Johnson. 2012. The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. University of Michigan Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Littlefield, Melissa M. and Martin Willis. 2017. Special Issue, "State of the Unions," British Journal of Literature and Science, 10(1): 1-4.

Littlefield, Melissa M., Des Fitzgerald, Kasper Knudsen, James Tonks, and Martin Dietz. 2014. “Contextualizing Neuro-Collaborations: Reflections on a Transdisciplinary fMRI Lie Detection Experiment” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Special Issue: Critical Neuuoscience

Fitzgerald, Des; Melissa M. Littlefield; Kasper Knudsen; James Tonks; and Martin Dietz. 2014. “Doing a transdisciplinary neuroscience: Ambivalence, equivocation, and the politics of experimental knowledge.” Social Studies of Science

Littlefield, Melissa M. July 2014. “From Handwriting to ‘Brain’ Writing: The Neuroscientific Turn in Graphology” Writing PostHuman Writing ed. Sid Dobrin. Parlor Press.

Littlefield, Melissa M. 2011. “Historicizing the CSI Effect(s): The Real and the Representational in American Scientific Detective Fiction and Print News Media, 1902-1935” Crime, Media, Culture 7(2): 133-148.

Johnson, Jenell and Melissa M. Littlefield. 2011. “Lost and Found in Translation: Popular Neuroscience and the Emerging Neurodisciplines” Advances in Medical Sociology, Special Issue, Reflections on Neuroscience. Vol. 13: 279-297.

Work in Progress

Ferguson, Rex; Melissa Littlefield; and James Purdon. The Art of Indentification (edited collection)