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Dr. Josh Matthews
Associate Professor of English
Phone: (712) 722-6250
Josh Matthews has taught a wide variety of courses at Dordt, including early American literature, science fiction, and introduction to film as art. He specializes in early American literature and in science fiction. He has taught in the Kuyper Scholars (Honors) Program and has supervised Kuyper Scholars contracts on Orson Welles, Mark Twain, David Fincher, and Octavia Butler.
He has published on the reception of Dante and the Divine Comedy in nineteenth-century America, and on American readings of the Divine Comedy during the Civil War. His research interests include Dante, Walt Whitman, and science-fiction writers Gene Wolfe and Philip K. Dick. He edits the book reviews for Pro Rege, Dordt College's journal of reformed studies. He has also helped edit the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and the Walt Whitman Archive.
- American Literature 1 (ENG 201)
- Science Fiction (ENG 223)
- Intro to Film (CORE 160)
- Philip K. Dick (ENG 343)
- Business and Technical Writing (ENG 305)
- Responding to Literature (CORE 180)
- Rhetoric and the Christian Scholar (KSP 151 -- Honors)
- English Composition (CORE 120)
- Ph.D., English, University of Iowa (2012)
- M.A., English, Kent State University (2005)
- B.A., English, Indiana University (2003)
- "Walt Whitman's Vision of the Inferno, or Dante in Drum-Taps," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 32 (Summer/Fall 2014)
- "The American Alighieri: Receptions of Dante in the United States, 1818-1867" (dissertation, 2012)
- "The Divine Comedy as a Civil War Epic", J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists I (Fall 2013).
- "Peddlers of the Rod: Melville's 'The Lightning-Rod Man' and the Antebellum Periodical Market", Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 12 (October 2010).