Chair, Department of English; Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., University of Maryland, College Park; B.A., Catholic University of America
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m
Other times by appointment
Office: Administration Building, Room 430-B
Phone: (617) 975-9364
I am currently Chair of the English Department and Coordinator of the American Studies Major.
My area of specialty is twentieth century U.S. literature. In my teaching and research, I emphasize the multiculturalism of US literature and culture, so I engage with a wide array of writers, some traditionally "canonical" while many others are lesser-known writers, often as a consequence of marginalization during their career due to their gender, class, or racial identity. I especially enjoy introducing to students aesthetically powerful and historically compelling works by writers who few of my students have heard of before, like the short stories of Hisaye Yamamoto, who wrote many of her stories shortly after being imprisoned in an "internment camp" during WWII, or Chester Himes, a politically radical African American writer who spent most of his career as an expatriate in France.
In analyzing literature in my courses and my own work, I emphasize the importance of historical and cultural context. I'm interested in the relationship between literary texts and culture, particularly how each reflects and refigures the other. This focus on cultural context also has led my teaching and research beyond any strict focus on literary texts and into more interdisciplinary territory. In addition to teaching many courses that focus on film alongside literature, most of my courses count towards the American Studies major.
- ENGL 2303 -- The Modern American Novel
- ENGL 2413 -- African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance
- ENGL 2604 -- American Voices II: Survey of American Literature from 1865
- ENGL 3601 -- Crime Stories and American Culture
- ENGL 4999 -- Senior Seminar: The City in Fiction and Film
- FYS 1101 -- Race and American Cinema
- AMST 1101 -- Introduction to American Studies
- Elliott, Matthew. "John Fante's Ask the Dust and the Fictions of Whiteness." Twentieth-Century Literature 56.4 (Winter 2010): 530-544.
- Elliott, Matthew and Winfried Fluck (Editors). National Dreams and Rude Awakenings: Essays on American Literature, from the Puritans to the Postmodern. Emory Elliott. American Studies: A Monograph Series Vol. 194. Heidelberg, Germany: Winter Universitätsverlag, 2010. (Authored Preface and co-authored Introduction to this volume).
- Elliott, Matthew. "Ethnicity, Race, and the Literary Marketplace in John Fante's Ask the Dust and Dreams from Bunker Hill." Florida English 8 (October 2010): 47-59.
- Elliott, Matthew. "Sins of Omission: Hisaye Yamamoto's Vision of History." MELUS 34.1 (Spring 2009): 47-68.