Kyle James Matthews

Email: Phone: 203.535.6780


I am currently a Spanish teacher at the Senior High School in Newark, NY. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literatures at SUNY-Geneseo in Geneseo, NY, I teach Latin American literature, and culture from the colonial era through the 21st century. My research interests broadly include Latin American narrative, with a specialization in Mexican narrative and prose from all historical eras. These interests also encompass the intersection of history, politics, and memory in Latin American historiography, marginal genres such as science-fiction, the literature of Jewish Latin America, and modern critical theory. I hold a Ph.D. from Brown University (2013).

My book, tentatively titled Grotesque Nation: The Grotesque Body and the Reconfiguration of Nation in Mexican Historiographic Metafiction explores the ways historical bodies are deployed to formulate and question conceptions of the nation in recent Mexican historiographic metafiction. As these bodies break down, so do the long-held narratives that they support begin to crumble as their inadequacy to describe modern Mexico and mexicanidad is revealed. See more about my research.

The purpose of this web site is to present my teaching and research credentials through a variety of measures: my teaching philosophy; concrete teaching competencies and experience; formal pedagogical training; evidence of my teaching effectiveness through sample course materials; my publication and presentation record; and my service to the institutions where I have taught.

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