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Mattison Schuknecht

Mattison Schuknecht

English Graduate Assistant

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  1. PhD in English, The Pennsylvania State University (in progress, expected 2023)
  2. M.A. in English, The Pennsylvania State University (2019)
  3. B.A. in English, summa cum laude, Florida Atlantic University (2015)

Professional Bio

Matt is a PhD student who studies English Renaissance literature, the literature of the fantastic, and narrative theory. He is particularly interested in the work of Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, fictions of authorship and interpretation/hermeneutics, issues of intertextuality, poetics, reception, as well as epic and romance as genres in early modern texts. His interests beyond the early periods extend to high fantasy from the Victorian era to World War II, the Oxford Inklings (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), science fiction, and possible-worlds theory. His work has appeared in journals such as The Explicator and Mythlore; his book chapter on possible-worlds theory and utopian/dystopian literature just appeared in the newly published volume (edited by Alice Bell and esteemed possible-worlds theorist Marie-Laure Ryan) Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology (University of Nebraska Press, Frontiers of Narrative series). Matt served as treasurer for Penn State's Early Period Studies Group during the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently serving as EPSG's vice president.

Refereed Book Chapter:

“The Best/Worst of All Possible Worlds? Utopia, Dystopia, and Possible-Worlds Theory.” Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology, edited by Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Nebraska Press (Frontiers of Narrative series), 2019, pp. 225-48.

Refereed Articles:

“Transubstantiations: Bread as Transformative Image in Graham Greene’s THE HINT OF AN EXPLANATION.” The Explicator, vol. 75, no. 1, 2017, pp. 13-15.

“C.S. Lewis’s Debt to Dante: The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ and Purgatorio.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 34, no. 2, 2016, pp. 69-81.

Areas of Specialization

Book History and Textual Studies
Renaissance Literature
with particular interest in Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, authorship, interpretation & hermeneutics, intertextuality, reception, poetics, and the genres of epic & romance.