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Neill Matheson


[Matheson, Neill]
  • Associate Professor, English

Professional Preparation

    • 1995 Ph.D. in English and American LiteratureJohns Hopkins University
    • 1987 M.A. in English and American LiteratureJohns Hopkins University
    • 1983 BA in EnglishReed College


    • Sept 2010 to Present Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2003 to May 2010 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2002 to May 2003 Visiting Assistant Professor
      Michigan State University
    • Sept 1995 to May 2002 Assist Professor
      University of South Alabama

Research and Expertise

  • Research and Teaching Interests

    Nineteenth-Century American Literature

    American Literature and the Environment

    Animal Studies

    American Literature and Psychology

    American Gothic

    Gender and Sexuality

    Literary Criticism and Theory


      Book Chapter 2017
      • "Ardent Creatures: William Bartram and the Limits of Compassion."  American Beasts.  Ed. Dominik Ohrem.  Berlin: Neofelis, 2017. 225-44.

        {Book Chapter }

      Book Review 2013
      • A Companion to Henry James, ed. Greg W. Zacharias.  Henry James Review 34.2 (Summer 2013): 206-209.

        {Review essay }

      Journal Article 2011
      • Matheson, Neill. "Thoreau's Inner Animal." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 67.4 (2011): 1-26.

        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 2010
      • Matheson, Neill. "Clifford's Dim, Unsatisfactory Elegance." The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 36.2 (2010): 49-69.
        {Journal Article }
      • Matheson, Neill. "History and Survival: Charles Chesnutt and the Time of Conjure." American Literary Realism 43.1 (2010): 1-22.
        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 2009
      • Matheson, Neill. "Woolson's Anthropology of Desire." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 26.1 (2009): 48-68.
        {Journal Article }

      Anthology Work/Essay 2008
      • Matheson, Neill. "Thoreau's Gramatica Parda: Conjugating Race and Nature." Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings (3rd Norton Critical Edition), edited by William Rossi, 613-631. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.

        {reprint }

      Journal Article 2007
      • Matheson, Neill. "Intimacy and Form: James on Hawthorne's Charm." The Henry James Review 28.2 (2007): 120-139.
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      Journal Article 2002
      • Matheson, Neill. "Melancholy History in The House of the Seven Gables." Literature and Psychology 48.3 (2002): 1-37.
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      Journal Article 2001
      • Matheson, Neill. "Thoreau's Gramatica Parda: Conjugating Race and Nature." Arizona Quarterly 57.4 (2001): 1-43.
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      Journal Article 1999
      • Matheson, Neill. "Talking Horrors: James, Euphemism, and the Specter of Wilde." American Literature 71.4 (1999): 709-50.
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      Book Review 1998
      • Matheson, Neill. Rev. of Strike Through the Mask: Herman Melville and the Scene of Writing, by Elizabeth Renker. American Literature 1998: 181-182.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1997
      • Matheson, Neill. "Identifying (with) the Queerness of Melville's Pierre." diacritics 27.4 (1997): 30-45.

        {Review essay }

      Journal Article 1994
      • Matheson, Neill. "Heavy Spirits: Depression and Materiality in The Marble Faun." The Journal of Narrative Technique 24.3 (1994): 237-255.
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    • June  2017
      "Burton's Smile: Melville in Oxford"
      "Melvilles Crossings," The Eleventh International Melville Society Conference. Kings College London, UK, June 2017.
    • November  2015
      "The Humid Life of William Bartram's Travels"

      For session "Rethinking the Biopolitics of Water."  Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Rice University, Houston, November 2015.

    • May  2015
      "Allan Melvill’s Melancholy: Errant Books, Blocked Mourning"

      Melville Society session “Melville’s Relations,” American Literature Association Conference, Boston.

    • July  2014
      "Taking No Notice of Things: Inattention in James"

      Sixth International Conference of the Henry James Society, University of Aberdeen, UK.

    • January  2013
      "Animal Unhomeliness in Thoreau and Poe," Nineteenth-Century American Literature Division session "Beyond Nature," Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, January 2013
    • May  2012
      "Unhomely Creatures: Sentiment and Species Difference in William Bartram's Travels," American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 2012.
    • June  2011
      "Of Apples and Men: Thoreau, Taxonomy, and Global Consciousness," Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Indiana University, June 2011.
    • May  2010
      "Democracy's Restless Desires: Disordered Attention in Tocqueville and Melville," Inaugural Conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Penn State University, May 2010.
    • June  2009
      "Bad Subjects, Good Neighbors: Thoreau's Biocompassion," Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, University of Victoria, June 2009.
    • November  2008
      "Beastly Appetites: Sex, Diet, and Animal Life in Thoreau and Graham," Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Philadelphia, November 2008.
    • December  2006
      "Thoreau's Inner Animal: Male Purity and Brute Neighbors," Nineteenth-Century American Literature Division session "Thinking Animals," Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2006.
    • December  2005
      "Performing Renunciation: Disavowal in James and Woolson," Henry James Society session "The Canny James," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 2005.
    • May  2005
      "Ethnographers and Conjure Women: Jewett, Chesnutt, and 'Primitive' Magic," American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 2005.
    • April  2005
      "Modernity and Survival: Edward Tylor's Conjuror and American Local Color Writing," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, "Impurities," Louisiana State University, April 2005.
    • November  2004
      "Local Color, Primitive Culture: Woolson's Anthropology of Desire," invited talk, American Studies Reading Group, Colorado State University, November 2004.
    • May  2004
      "Reading James on Hawthorne's Charm," "Henry James and New Formalisms" Conference, University of Montreal, May 2004.
    • March  2004
      "Mungo Park in America: Racial Melancholia and African Travel," for the panel "Imagining Africans," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, March 2004.
    • November  2001
      "Inventing Transgression: Sylvester Graham's Morbid Figures," American Studies Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., November 2001.
    • August  2001
      "Diseased Bodies, Melancholy Sensibilities: New Subjectivities in Graham and Poe," North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, "Romantic Subjects," University of Washington, August 2001.
    • April  2001
      "Thoreau's Menagerie: Animal Proxies, Racial Figures," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, "Exhibiting Culture/Displaying Race," University of Oregon, April 2001.
    • December  2000
      "Clifford's Dim, Unsatisfactory Elegance," Nathaniel Hawthorne Society session, "New Approaches to Hawthorne," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 2000.
    • November  2000
      "Conjugating Race and Nature: African Travel, Natural History, and Thoreau's New Ecology," University of South Alabama Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium, November 2000.
    • October  1999
      "Sylvester Graham's Peculiar Sensibility," Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Miami, October 1999.
    • December  1998
      "Social Pathology and Tawny Grammar in Thoreau's 'Walking,'" delivered (in absentia) at the panel "The Political Thoreau," Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December 1998
    • June  1998
      "Gothic Euphemism in The Turn of the Screw," International Conference on the Short Story in English, New Orleans, June 1998.
    • July  1997
      "Thoreau's Gramática Parda: African Beasts, Imaginary Geographies, and Wild Writing," Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, University of Montana, July 1997.
    • March  1997
      "Private Island, Private Trap: Gothic Resistance to Modernity in Psycho," Popular Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, March 1997.
    • March  1996
      "Strange Repetitions: Wordsworth's Salisbury Plain Poems," Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Florida State University, March 1996.
    • April  1994
      "'That Most Melancholy Closet': Family, Melancholy, and Homophobia in Pierre," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, The College of William and Mary, April 1994.
    • November  1993
      "Melancholy Secrets: The House of the Seven Gables and Gothic Psychoanalysis," "Rereading Romanticism" Conference, Duke University English Department and the Graduate Program in Literature, Durham, November 1993.


Administrative Appointment

  • 2017
    • Aug 2017 to Present - Graduate Advisor, English Department, University of Texas at Arlington