Matthew Duques, Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Minard 318E46
I am currently Visiting Assistant Professor at NDSU where, for the 2013-2014 academic year, I will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in early American literature as well as upper division writing courses. I have taught on a wide range of subjects including initial European-American Indian encounters, colonization, nation formation, the American Renaissance, and the Civil War. My primary research area, however, is in the early national and antebellum periods. My current book project, for instance, draws on archived education materials (old primers, readers, schoolbooks, and children's stories) in order to disclose how the early U.S. novel sought to teach enfranchised and disenfranchised readers strategies for dealing with the transition from settler colony to settler nation. My aim in this study as well as in my classes is to enable readers today to see how literature calls on us to act, often in ways that modify prevailing social roles and political practices.
I have a BA in English from Haverford College, a small liberal arts college outside Philadelphia. And I did my graduate work at Dartmouth College and Vanderbilt University. I have an MA with a focus in Cultural Studies from the former and an MA and PhD in English from the latter.