Matthew Schultz

Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Associate Professor of English
Matt Schultz

Matthew Schultz is the Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Associate Professor of English. He earned both his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in English Literature from Saint Louis University where he specialized in Irish Studies, Literary Modernism, and Postcolonial Theory. As Writing Center Director, Dr. Schultz enjoys working with writers from across the curriculum on close reading and drafting strategies to revision techniques. Dr. Schultz is both a literary scholar and creative writer whose work engages questions of aesthetics and metaphysics. His recent projects focus specifically on oracular poetics and animist thought in {pre[post]} Modernist literature.

BA, MA, John Carroll University; PhD, Saint Louis University-Main Campus
At Vassar since 2011


Frederick F. Thompson Library
Box 505

Research and Academic Interests

Irish Studies; Literary Modernism; Comparative Literature; Genre and Media Studies; Esoterica, and Creative Writing.

Departments and Programs


ENGL 101, The Art of Reading and Writing
ENGL 205, Introductory Creative Writing

Selected Publications



Icaros: Prose Poems (ELJ Publications)

With Ghosts: A Mixed-Media Memoir (ELJ Publications) 

Inflorescence: Poems (Alien Buddha Press) 

Encomium: Cento Paradelles (Beir Bua Press)


Parallax (2River Press Chapbook Series, number 29).

We, The Wanted: An Illuminated Gothic Novel (John Hunt Publishing)


Postcolonial Star Wars: Essays on Empire and Rebellion in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (Editor)

(Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Joycean Arcana: Ulysses and the Tarot de Marseille (EyeCorner Press) 


On Coventry: A Novel (Harvard Square Editions) 


Haunted Historiographies: The Rhetoric of Ideology in Postcolonial Irish Fiction

(Manchester University Press); Reviewed in James Joyce Quarterly 52.1 (2014).

Articles and Chapters


“Molly Bloom’s Nostalgic Reverie: A Phenomenology of Modernist Longing.” Irish Studies Review 26.4 (2018): 472-487.


“Revenant Modernisms and the Recurrence of Literary History.” International Journal of English Studies 17.1 (2017): 1-15.


“On Bloodborne’s Impenetrable Darkness: A Modernist Aesthetic”


“Teaching Multimodal Short Fiction: A Supernatural Gothic Tale.” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 11/12. 


 “Recalibrating an Established Writing Center: From Supplementary Service to Academic Discipline.” The Writing Lab Newsletter 37.9-10 (May/June. 2013): 1-5.

“Irish L’humour Noir: Peter Foott’s The Carpenter and His Clumsy Wife.” ABEI Journal 15 (2013): 111-121.


“‘Arise, Sir Ghostus!’: Textual Spectrality and Finnegans Wake.” James Joyce Quarterly 49.2 (Winter 2012): 115-129.

“Narratives of Dispossession: The Persistence of Famine in Postcolonial Ireland.” Postcolonial Text 7.2 (2012): 1-19.


“‘Give it Welcome’: Gothic Inheritance and the Troubles in Contemporary Irish Fiction.” The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 10 (Oct. 2011).


“Synch or Swim: (Re)Assessing Asynchronous Online Writing Labs.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 8.1 (Fall 2010).
Nominated for the International Writing Center Association Best Article of 2010 Award

 “Investing Tutors in the Future of Writing Center Theory and Practice.” The Dangling Modifier 16.2 (Spring 2010).

“Toward a More Hybrid Discourse: Re-Evaluating (NNS) Client/Consultant Relationships.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 7.2 (Spring 2010). 


 “Irish Neutrality: Louis MacNeice’s Poetic Politics at the Outset of ‘The Emergency.’” ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies 11 (2009): 165-182.

“Coalescing Oscar Wilde: Discussing Wilde’s Decadent Aesthetics Using His Essays, Fairy Tales, and Biography.” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 9.2 (2009): 79-88. 


 “Aestheticism in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats: The Two Byzantium Poems.” Literature and Aesthetics 18.2 (2008): 229-250.

“Ritual Storytelling: Confessional Rhetoric in Synge, Yeats, and Joyce.” James Joyce Journal 14.2 (2008): 185-203.

“Intimate Rivalries: ‘A Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name’ in Joyce’s Exiles.” Hypermedia Joyce Studies 9.2 (2008).

“Künstlerpoetic Travel Narrative: Self-Narration and the Writing Process in George Bilgere’s ‘Cordell.’” The Explicator 67.1 (2008): 19-22.


“The Multiple Contexts of Joyce: Why New Historicism Works.” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 7.2 (2007): 119-123.


Exiles: A Critical Edition by James Joyce. Edited by A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick

Gillespie. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016. Irish Studies Review 25.2 (2017): 273-274.

The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese by Mark T. Conard, Ed.” Film Criticism 33.1 (2008): 80-84.

Ireland: Space, Text, Time by Liam Harte, Yvonne Whelan, and Patrick Crotty, Eds.” James Joyce Quarterly 44.4 (2007): 829-831.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards


Teagle/NEH Grant, First-Year Writing Seminar Development (co-director) 


Tatlock Fund Endowment Publication Grant for Joycean Arcana

Carolyn Grant Endowment Award, “Interpretive Storytelling and the Tarot de Marseille” 


Tatlock Fund Endowment Publication Grant for We, The Wanted


Frances Fergusson Faculty Teaching with Technology Exploration Grant


Tatlock Fund Endowment Publication Grant for On Coventry


Presidential Leadership Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Awarded to the FWS Program)


The Susan Turner Fund Endowment Research Grant for Haunted Historiographies 


Humanities and Technology Fellowship from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Vassar College Faculty Research Conversations Grant

Frances Fergusson Faculty Teaching with Technology Exploration Grant

Alpha Sigma Nu: The Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education


Walter J. Ong, S.J. Award for Excellence in Research from Saint Louis University

Lucien Fournier Award for Teaching Excellence from Saint Louis University                   

Saint Louis University Pre-doctoral Teaching Fellowship


Saint Louis University Course Development Grant: ENGL–404, “Writing Pedagogy in a Multimodal



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