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Mattison Schuknecht

Mattison Schuknecht

English Graduate Assistant

3 Burrowes Building, Cubicle L

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building


Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019: Not teaching


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

Professional Bio

Matt studies English Renaissance literature, the literature of the fantastic, and narrative theory. He is particularly interested in the work of Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, issues of authorship, intertextuality, and romance in early modern texts, high fantasy from the Victorian era to World War II, the 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 forthcoming book chapter on possible-worlds theory and utopian/dystopian literature will appear in the soon-to-be 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).

Forthcoming Refereed Book Chapter:

“The Best/Worst of All Possible Worlds? Utopia, Dystopia, and Possible-Worlds Theory,” forthcoming peer-reviewed chapter in Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology, edited by Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Nebraska Press (Frontiers of Narrative series), expected January 2019, 8000 words.

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, intertextuality, epic, and romance.