Matthew Knip

Doctoral Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center

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Positions
  • 2017-20 3-year adjunct appointmentEnglishHunter College
Education

Ph.D. English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, expected 2019.
Dissertation: Before Melville’s Masts: Sex in the Age of Sail
Committee: Wayne Koestenbaum (chair), Sarah Chinn, Mario DiGangi, Eric Lott.
M. Phil. English with Distinction, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2014.

Academic Interests

Nineteenth-century American culture and literature; New York City’s queer underworld; working-class and sailor sexuality; spaces of orgiastic ecstasis; queer theory; human/non-human animal, gender, and sexuality studies.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles
“Homosocial Desire and Erotic Communitas in Melville’s Imaginary: The Evidence of VanBuskirk.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 62:2 (2016):355-414.
Web-Based Publications
“Cooper’s Heroic David Gamut.” James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art Papers from the 2007 Cooper Seminar No. 16.
http://external.oneonta.edu/cooper/articles/suny/2007suny-knip.html
Digital Humanities
The Philip C. Van Buskirk Archive
https://vanbuskirk.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
Manuscripts Accepted for Future Publication
“Melville’s Queer Hauntology: Selections from the Journals of Philip C. Van Buskirk” at Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. March 2020

awards

The 2017 Hennig Cohen Prize of the Melville Society for the best article, book chapter, or essay in a book about Herman Melville, for “Homosocial Desire and Erotic Communitas in Melville’s Imaginary: The Evidence of Van Buskirk,” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 62:2 (2016).

teaching experience

Courses Taught at Hunter College, CUNY (one section unless specified)

Special Topics Courses
Queer Voices
Dissident Desires and Pleasures in New York’s Queer Underworld

Survey Courses

Literary Theory and Criticism (24 sections)
Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War (11 sections)
Survey of British Literature: Anglo-Saxon to Romanticism (6 sections)
American Literature 1865 to 1914 (2 sections)
Western Literary Backgrounds
Writing Courses
Writing about Literature (5 sections)
Theory and Practice of Expository Writing

Introduction to Literary Studies themed as:
Whitman, Dickinson, and the Erotic as Power (3 sections)
Sex, Desire, and Identity in Literature and Theory (3 sections)
Orgiastic Impulses in American Literature (2 sections)
Dissident Desires and Pleasures in New York’s Queer Underworld
Human and Non-Human Animals in Relationship
Romantic Friendship in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Romantic Friendship and Henry James’ The Bostonians
Moby-Dick or The Book About Everything Except Whales
grants and fellowships

2017 PSC/CUNY Adjunct-CET Professional Development Grant
2017 CUNY Graduate Center Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant
2016 CUNY Graduate Center Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant
2014-15 Calder Dissertation Year Fellowship
2009-12 Hunter College Grad-A Fellowship
2004-09 Graduate Center Chancellor’s Fellowship

conferences and talks

Invited Talks

2018 “The Erotic Importance of the Van Buskirk Diaries to the Histories of Art, Literature, and Sexuality.” University of Washington Allen Library, October 18. https://pnwblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/lecture-oct-18-2018-the-erotic-importance-of-the-van-buskirk-diaries-to-the-histories-of-art-literature-and-sexuality/

Presentations

2019 “Tracing the Material Culture of Homosocial Desire from Van Buskirk and Melville into Painting, Advertising, and Photography” on the panel “Coming Before/Beside Melville: Desiring Se(a)men” at the 12th International Melville Society convention, June 18.

2017 “Erotic (Dis)Identification in the Journals of Philip C. Van Buskirk,” Pedagogies of Dissent, American Studies Association, November, 12.

2017 “Historicizing Melville’s Queer, Trans-Atlantic Labyrinth,” Melville’s Crossings, The International Melville Society Conference, London, UK, June 27.

2016 “Class, Intimacy, and Identity in the Journals of Philip C. Van Buskirk,” MMLA, St. Louis, November 9.

2014 “Pirate Heterotopias and the Black Atlantic,” Currents of the Black Atlantic: On the Genealogies and Futures of Diasporic Inquiry, CUNY Graduate Center, March 14.

2007 “Cooper’s Heroic David Gamut,” 16th Cooper Conference and Seminar, The Coopers’ Worlds: Literature and the Formation of a New American Paradigm, SUNY Oneonta, July 9.

2005 “Chaucer’s Queer Theologian and the Power of the Imagination,” The First Ralahine Conference on Utopian Studies, Exploring the Utopian Impulse, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, March 12.

Service

3-year appointment to the Hennig Cohen Prize committee of The Melville Society, 2019-2021.

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