Associate Professor of English
Phone: (712) 722-6250
Josh Matthews has taught a variety of courses at Dordt, including early American literature, science fiction, and introduction to film as art. He specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, and he has published on the reception of Dante and the Divine Comedy in nineteenth-century America. His American Literature I class features research into the magazines and newspapers of nineteenth-century print culture, using the American Antiquarian Society's periodical database; this unique resource allows students to conduct original research on the intersections between American history, literature, and culture.
His interests include Dante, Walt Whitman, and science-fiction writers Gene Wolfe and Philip K. Dick. Matthews has supervised Kuyper Scholars contracts on Mark Twain and David Fincher.
- American Literature 1 (ENG 201)
- Science Fiction (ENG 223)
- Intro to Film (CORE 160)
- Business and Technical Writing (ENG 305)
- Responding to Literature (CORE 180)
- English Composition (CORE 120)
- Kingdom, Identity, and Calling (CORE 100)
- Mark Twain (KSP Independent Study)
- David Fincher films (KSP Study)
- 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)
- "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).