Patricia A. Matthew (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Gender, Sugar, and the Afterlives of Abolition

Montclair State University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

Patricia A. Matthew is associate professor of English at Montclair State University. She has edited special issues of the journals Romantic Pedagogy Commons, European Romantic Review, and Studies in Romanticism. A specialist in the history of the novel and British abolitionist literature and culture, she has published articles and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, the Keats-Shelley Journal, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Her essays on portraiture, the Regency, and race have been published in The Atlantic, Lapham’s Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is coeditor of Oxford University Press's series Race in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture and will edit Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park for W.W. Norton. 

Her first book, Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), was an edited volume about the  experiences of faculty of color in higher education. Her diversity research and reviews have been published in PMLA, The College Language Association Journal, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and The New Inquiry, and has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and on New York Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show. Her current book project reads Britain’s abolitionist literary and material culture alongside contemporary Black art. She was a 20202021 Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo.

Selected Publications


  • Matthew, Patricia A. “Pain, Desire and Glitz: Historical Drama and Questions of Representation.” Times Literary Supplement, May 6, 2022.
  • Matthew, Patricia A., ed. Studies in Romanticism 61, no. 1 Race, Blackness, and Romanticism (Spring 2022).
  • Matthew, Patricia A. “‘A Daemon Whom I had Myself Created’: Race, Frankenstein, and Monstering.” In Frankenstein in Theory: A Critical Anatomy, edited by Orrin Wang, 173-83. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2021.
  • Matthew Patricia A. “Jane Austen and the Abolitionist Turn.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 61, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 345-61.
  • Matthew, Patricia A., ed. Written/Unwritten Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.