Matthew Knip

Doctoral Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center

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Dissertation: “Before Melville’s Masts: Sex in the Age of Sail”
Dissertation Director: Wayne Koestenbaum
Dissertation Committee: Mario DiGangi, William Kelly, Eric Lott, Sarah Chinn
Project manager, The Philip C. Van Buskirk Archive
“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): 355-414.
“Cooper’s Heroic David Gamut,” James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art, Papers from the 2007 Cooper Seminar No. 16.


Ph.D. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. English. Degree expected June, 2018. GPA 4.0
M.Phil. The Graduate Center. 2014—with distinction.

teaching experience

Courses Taught at Hunter College, CUNY:
Special Topics Courses 
Sex Before Sexuality in American Art, Film, and Literature (Forthcoming, Spring, 2018)
Dissident Desires and Pleasures in New York’s Queer Underworld (2 sections)
Orgiastic Impulses in American Literature from Irving to Delany (2 sections)  
Sex, Desire, and Identity in Literature and Theory (3 sections)  
Human and Non-Human Animals in Relationship: Literature and Theory (1 section)
Survey Courses
Literary Theory and Criticism (20 sections)
Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War  (11 sections)
Survey of British Literature: Anglo-Saxon to Romanticism (6 sections)
Writing about Literature (5 sections)
American Literature 1865 to 1914 (2 sections)
Theory and Practice of Expository Writing (1 section)
Western Literary Backgrounds (1 section)

conference presentations

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

“Historicizing Melville’s Queer, Trans-Atlantic Labyrinth” —or— “Cruising the Neversink,” Melville’s Crossings, The International Melville Society Conference, London, UK, June, 2017.

“Class, Intimacy, and Identity in the Journals of Philip C. Van Buskirk, 1852-59,” MMLA St. Louis, November 9, 2016.

“Pirate Heterotopias and the Black Atlantic,” Currents of the Black Atlantic: On the Genealogies and Futures of Diasporic Inquiry, CUNY Graduate Center, March 14, 2014.
“Cooper’s Heroic David Gamut,” The Coopers’ Worlds:  Literature and the Formation of a New American Paradigm, 16th Cooper Conference and Seminar at SUNY Oneonta, July 9, 2007.

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

grants and fellowships

CUNY Graduate Center Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for 2016-17, renewed 2017-18; project description here:

Calder Dissertation Year Fellowship  2014-15
Hunter College Grad-A Fellowship  2009-12
Graduate Center Chancellor’s Fellowship  2004-09
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