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Matthew R. Davis <email@example.com>
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
I specialize in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, and am currently working on a book project tentatively titled _Fratricidal Nation: Rethinking Brotherhood in Nineteenth-Century America_ that looks at the culture of fraternalism in the decades surrounding the Civil War. My project explores the intersections of the rhetoric of brotherhood during the Civil War era ("brother against brother"; "Am I not a slave and a brother?") with both literary texts and real social movements. As a result, I explore works by Frederick Douglass, Edward Bellamy, William Dean Howells, Louis May Alcott, Sutton E. Griggs, Thomas Dixon, Lydia Maria Child, and others alongside abolitionism, the Ku Klux Klan, Prince Hall Freemasonry, Altrurianism, and the Nationalist movement.
|Address:||Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
|Primary Phone:||(715) 346-4307|
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Citizenship
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
1996-2000: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ph.D., English, December 2000
Dissertation: Nineteenth-Century Rhetorics of American Brotherhood.
1994-1996: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.A., English, March 1996
1989-1993: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
B.A., cum laude, English, June 1993
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS:
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University Professional Development Committee (UPDC) New Faculty/Staff Grant. “Brotherhood and Blood in Civil War-Era America” at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, June 5-16, 2006.
National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “The Redemptive West: Healing and Nationhood in the Post-Civil War American West,” The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, July 11-August 12, 2005.
University of Washington Susannah J. McMurphy Dissertation Fellowship, 1999.
University of Washington W.W. Stout Fellowship, 1998, to attend “Back to the Futures, an Institute in American Studies” at Dartmouth College. June 22-27, 1998.
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
“‘Brother Against Brother’: Reconstructing the Post-Bellum American Family.” Forthcoming in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance.
“Remaking the Nation through Brotherhood in the Utopian Fiction of William Dean Howells and Edward Bellamy.” Contemporary Justice Review 8:2 (June 2005): 179-195.
“Themes, Topics, Criticism.” American Literary Scholarship 1997. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999. Contributor. 399-423.
“‘Strange history. Complicated, too’: Ishmael Reed’s Use of African American History in Flight to Canada.” Mississippi Quarterly 49:4 (Fall 1996): 743-754.
Review of Separate Spheres No More: Gender Convergence in American Literature 1830-1930 ed. Monika M. Elbert. Comparative American Studies 2:1 (March 2004): 119-120.
“Martin R. Delany,” “Frederick Douglass,” “Gender,” “Prince Hall,” “Lynching—History,” “Slave Narrative,” and “David Walker.” In An Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans A. Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005: 407-409, 439-444, 616-620, 697-699, 1006-1010, 1486-1492, 1676-1678.
“Fraternal Organizations” and “Men’s Clubs.” In American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia. Ed. Bret E. Carroll. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2003. 176-179, 299-301.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
“Alternatives to Brotherhood in Post-Civil War Narratives of National Reconciliation.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL, November 9-12, 2006.
“Brotherhood, Violence, and Citizenship in Prince Hall Freemasonry.” “Gender and Citizenship.” Third Annual New Scholarship Conference in Citizenship Studies. Wayne State University, March 31-April 1, 2006.
“‘Brother Against Brother’: Reconstructing the Post-Bellum American Family in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘My Contraband’ and Edward H. Dixon’s The Terrible Mysteries of the Ku-Klux-Klan.” “Violence and Belonging”: The Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Hartford, CT. October 16-19, 2003.
“William Dean Howells, Failed Utopianism, and the Promise of ‘Supernatural’ Brotherhood.” American Literature Association Annual Conference. Long Beach, CA. May 25-28, 2000.
“Reconstruction-Era Rituals of Brotherhood and Blood: Edward H. Dixon’s The Terrible Mysteries of the Ku-Klux-Klan.” (Am)Studies 2000: The Eighth Annual Conference of the American Studies Colloquium. Seattle, WA. April 19-21, 2000.
“‘Who Are Our Brethren?’: Defining Brotherhood in Looking Backward and A Hazard of New Fortunes.” Back to the Futures: An Institute in American Studies. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. June 22-27, 1998.
Sessions Chaired, Organized, and Moderated
Commentator, “Sub-State Citizenship, Diasporic Communities, and the Problem of Belonging,” Fourth Annual New Scholarship Conference in Citizenship Studies. Wayne State University, March 1-3, 2007.
Session Organizer. “Late-Nineteenth-Century American Brotherhoods.” Special session. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Washington, DC. December 27-30, 2000.