Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD
Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD

Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, George Mitchell Scholarship Program
Program Director, M.A. in English
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing
  • The City in Literature
  • Economics in Literature
  • Opera and the Novel

Academic Appointments

Department

  • English

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • ENG150: Contemporary Composition
  • ENG175: Poverty and the Novel
  • ENG201: Interpreting Texts
  • ENG221: World Literature from the Enlightenment to the Present
  • ENG226: Fiction in the Age of Nationalism
  • ENG342: Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • ENG424: Gender, Geography, and Genre
  • ENG493: Independent Study
  • ENG499: Senior Project
  • ENG617: Irish Women Writers from the Union to the Present
  • ENG709: British and Irish Literature from Napoleon to Victoria
  • HRS363: Opera and the Novel

Biography

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. His research area is broadly Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Literature, focusing specifically on women's literature, the representation of the city, economics in literature, and opera in the novel.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • "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, EER Publishers, 2018
  • "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., Palgrave Macmillan, 141-62, 2017
  • The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists , Clemson University Press, 224, 2017
  • Irish Women Writers and European Opera, SUNY Press

Articles

  • Staging The Revolution: Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and Sydney Owenson’s The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys, New Hibernia Review, 22.2, 109-27, 2018
  • "Absurd Speculations: The Tragedy of Development in Maria Edgeworth's Ormond" Nineteenth-Century Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 71.3, 291-314, 2016
  • “Expanding the Map while Worlding Irish Studies.” , Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies., 2016
  • “The Novice in the City: Sydney Owenson and the Bildung of Metropolitan Economics.”, Peter Lang, 2015
  • These Irish Investments: Money as an Organizing Principle in As Music and Splendour (1958), Women's Studies-an Interdisciplinary Journal, 44, 197-223, 2015
  • The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922., Modern Fiction Studies, 59.1, 213-216, 2013
  • “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., Cambridge University Press

Publications

  • A City That She Must Postpone: The Parisian Geopgraphy of  Kate O’Brien’s Bildungsromane , Irish University Review, 48.1, 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

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Matthew L. Reznicek is interested in British and Irish women's novels from the long nineteenth century, especially the representation of the metropolis and economics.  His research attempts to expand the geographic scope of nineteenth-century Irish Studies by examining the representation of continental Europe and other international locations. He has further research interests in the representation of the railway, opera and the novel, madness in Romantic fiction, and Digital Humanities.

Current Research Projects

  • Matthew L. Reznicek is currently pursuing research on several diverse topics.  His second book is under contract with SUNY Press and explores the relationship between Irish women writers and European opera in order to understand the ways in which both resist and complicate the boundaries of belonging to the nation-state. His third book explores income inequality and the nineteenth-century novel; this book provides a new method of reading economic structures in the novel. 

Grant Funding Received

  • 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 and Honors

  • Teaching for Tomorrow Faculty Award Nomination, Creighton University, 2015