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Matthew L . Reznicek, MA, PhD

Associate Professor

Art & Sciences

Matthew Reznicek

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Medical Humanities
Graduate School
Medical Humanities (Master of Arts)
English
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Matthew L . Reznicek, MA, PhD

Associate Professor

Art & Sciences

Matthew L. Reznicek earned his B.A. from Creighton University in 2008 where he studied English and Irish Literature, before enrolling at Queen's University Belfast for both his M.A. and his PhD. His first book, The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists, is forthcoming with Clemson University Press/Liverpool University Press. He has published in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and several edited collections. He currently is working on two book manuscripts: his second monograph, Staging the Nation: Irish Women Writers and European Opera, is under contract with SUNY Press; his third monograph, Healing the Nation: Women, Medicine, and the National Tale, explores the representation of women as healers in the Romantic National Tales of Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Walter Scott, Germaine de Staël, and Jane Austen.  He currently serves as the Vice President for the American Conference for Irish Studies.  

Teaching Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Literature

Research Focus

Matthew L. Reznicek's research focus is broadly on Irish and British literature from the long-nineteenth century. More specifically, he attempts to position literature written by Irish women within a broader social, political, geographical, and aesthetic context. He achieves this through examining literature in three key frameworks: the Medical Humanities/Health Humanities; the connection to European Opera; and the economics of the modern city. He has published widely on writers like Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Kate O'Brien, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Walter Scott.

Department

English

Position

Associate Professor

Books

  • EER Publishers
    "A Thing of Possibilities: the Railroad and Cosmopolitical Belonging in Thurston’s Max" in Irish Women's Writing at the Turn of the 20th Century 2018
  • Palgrave Macmillan
    "He Should Go to the Théâtre François: Paris, the Theater, and Maria Edgeworth's Ormond," Travelling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century.  Eds. Marguérite Corporaal and Christina Morin., p. 141-62 2017
  • Clemson University Press
    The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists , p. 224 2017
  • SUNY Press
    Irish Women Writers and European Opera

Articles

  • Routledge
    Abject Capitalism as the Sight of Dead Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Novels By extending Imogen Tyler’s and Jack Halberstam’s theories of the abject, the image of the dead body in nineteenth-century literature reveals the structural inequalities that shape the nineteenth-century economy through biopolitical processes, as well as demonstrating the ways in which the nineteenth-century novel, as a literary form, attempts to obscure or contain the everyday crisis of poverty. In the novels of Maria Edgeworth, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charles Dickens, the presence of the dead body decisively disrupts the socio-economic narrative of normality and containment, resulting in a crisis of representation for the Gothic economy., p. 293-305 2022
  • New Hibernia Review
    Staging The Revolution: Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and Sydney Owenson’s The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys
    22.2, p. 109-27 2018
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
    "Absurd Speculations: The Tragedy of Development in Maria Edgeworth's Ormond" Nineteenth-Century Literature
    71.3, p. 291-314 2016
  • Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies.
    “Expanding the Map while Worlding Irish Studies.”  2016
  • Peter Lang
    “The Novice in the City: Sydney Owenson and the Bildung of Metropolitan Economics.” 2015
  • Women's Studies-an Interdisciplinary Journal
    These Irish Investments: Money as an Organizing Principle in As Music and Splendour (1958)
    44, p. 197-223 2015
  • Modern Fiction Studies
    The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922.
    59.1, p. 213-216 2013
  • Cambridge University Press
    “The Confessions of Jean Baptiste Couteau (1794).” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820.
  • Cambridge University Press
    “The Novice of Saint Dominick (1806).” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820.
  • Cambridge University Press
    “Ormond (1817).” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820.

Publications

  • Irish University Review
    A City That She Must Postpone: The Parisian Geopgraphy of  Kate O’Brien’s Bildungsromane 
    48.1, p. 39-53 2018

Presentations

  • Mary Shelley and Her Times  2018
  • A Swarm of Beggars and Harpies: Sympathy and the Urban Poor in the Novels of Maria Edgeworth and Sydney Owenson 2018
  • Recollections of Opera: Music, Space, and Belonging in Elizabeth Bowen and Richard Wagner 2018
  • Sydney Owenson's The Wild Irish Girl: Beyond the National Tale  2018
  • Deep Reading of Economic Structures in Nineteenth-Century Literature 2018
  • Masculinity and Feminism 2018
  • The Act of Dying: Wagner, The Death of the Gods, and Elizabeth Bowen's Big House Fiction 2018
  • Opera In Conversation: Myth Across the Disciplines 2018
  • The French Capital of an Irish Women's Tradition: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists 2017
  • Wit Enough to Cloak His Knavery: Madness and Rebellion in Irish and Scottish Romanticism 2017
  • Opera Omaha Public Lecture: Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" 2017
  • A City That She Must Postpone: The Parisian Geography of Kate O'Brien's Bildungsromane 2017
  • The Creation: Social Mobility, Napoleonic Opera, and Sydney Owenson's The O'Briens and the O'Flahertys 2016
  • Not Fitted for Versailles: The Cultural Geography of Paris in Sydney Owenson's The Novice of Saint Dominick (1806) and The O'Briens and the O'Flahertys (1827) 2016
  • “La Bête Irlandaise: The Railroad and Metropolitan Selfhood in Irish New Woman’s Fiction” American Conference of Irish Studies, University of Miami (FL) 2015
  • “Humanities-Based Research-Led Teaching at a Jesuit University” American Academy of Religion, Creighton University 2015
  • “He Should Go to the Théâtre François: The Opera and the Urban Landscape in Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond” Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast 2014
  • “Absurd Speculations: The Tragedy of Development in Maria Edgeworth and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe” Institute of Irish Studies Research Seminar, Queen’s University Belfast 2014
  • “All Our Lead Had Turned to Gold: The Faustian Economics of Ormond” Eighteenth Century Literary Research Network of Ireland, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra 2013
  • “And Paris For Ever: Gambling, Capitalism, and Metropolitan Selfhood in Sydney Owenson’s and Maria Edgeworth’s Paris” Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2013
  • “I Have Determined to Lose: Gambling, Gender, and Capitalism in Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond” International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, Queen’s University Belfast, 2013
  • “All the Passions at the Table: Gambling and Capitalism in Maria Edgeworth’s Ormond” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Postgraduate Conference, Northumbria University 2013
  • “Fortune at First Seemed to Smile: Capitalism, Debt, and Power in Sydney Owenson’s The Novice of Saint Dominick” New Voices in Irish Criticism, National University of Ireland, Maynooth 2013
  • “The Novice in the City: Metropolitan Economics in The Novice of Saint Dominick” Towards 1916: Old and New Irelands, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, National Uuniversity of Ireland, Galway 2013
  • “The Novice in the City, the Old Woman in the Town: Sydney Owenson and the Bildung of Metropolitan Economics” Irish Country Towns and Smaller Cities, French Association of Irish Studies, University of Strasbourg, 2013
  • “These Irish Investments: Money as an Organizing Principle in As Music and Splendour (1958)” American Conference of Irish Studies, Northern Illinois University 2013
  • New Voices in Irish Criticism: Legitimate Ireland Queen’s University Belfast, 2012 Conference Organiser 2012
  • “The New Jerusalem and the Rue Vavin: Urban Space, Economic Exchange, and Gendered Modernity in French Leave (1928)” American Conference of Irish Studies, Tulane University 2012
  • “Her Italianmade Self: Opera, Economics, and Autonomy in As Music and Splendour (1958)” Ireland and Modernity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Queen’s University Belfast 2010
  • “Little Chance if She Appealed to the Supreme Court: Women and the Law in Colm Tóibín’s The Heather Blazing” Law, Literature and Film Symposium, University of Plymouth 2009

Other

  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    BSECS Postgraduate Travel Bursary, 2013

  • Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, 2013

  • Queen’s University Belfast Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)

  • Queen’s University Belfast Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)

  • Irish Studies International Research Initiative Postgraduate Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)

Awards

  • Teaching for Tomorrow Faculty Award Nomination
    Creighton University