Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD

Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD

Matthew L. Reznicek, MA, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service
Associate Chair, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing
  • Medical Humanities
  • Opera and the Novel
  • Economics in Literature
  • Disability and Romanticism

Academic Appointments


  • English


  • Associate Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Teaching Activity

  • ENG150: Contemporary Composition
  • ENG175: Poverty and the Novel
  • ENG201: Interpreting Texts
  • ENG221: World Literature from the Enlightenment to the Present
  • ENG226: Fiction and the Nation
  • ENG229: Literature and Medicine
  • ENG342: Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • ENG386: Medical Humanities and Literature
  • ENG412: The Politics of Jane Austen
  • ENG424: Gender, Geography, and Genre
  • ENG427: Health, Justice, and Literature
  • ENG446: Irish Women Writers
  • ENG493: Independent Study
  • ENG499: Senior Project
  • ENG617: Irish Women Writers from the Union to the Present
  • ENG709: British and Irish Literature from Napoleon to Victoria
  • HRS200: The Modern World
  • HRS363: Opera and the Novel
  • HRS370: Reading the City
  • HRS371: Reading for Health
  • IDC425: Diagnosing Literature
  • SIS501: Death, Health, and Charles Dickens


Matthew L. Reznicek earned his B.A. from Creighton University in 2008 where he studied English and Irish Literature, before enrolling at Queen's University Belfast for both his M.A. and his PhD. His first book, The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists, is forthcoming with Clemson University Press/Liverpool University Press. He has published in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and several edited collections. He currently is working on two book manuscripts: his second monograph, Staging the Nation: Irish Women Writers and European Opera, is under contract with SUNY Press; his third monograph, Healing the Nation: Women, Medicine, and the National Tale, explores the representation of women as healers in the Romantic National Tales of Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Walter Scott, Germaine de Staël, and Jane Austen.  He currently serves as the Vice President for the American Conference for Irish Studies.  

Publications and Presentations


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Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Matthew L. Reznicek's research focus is broadly on Irish and British literature from the long-nineteenth century. More specifically, he attempts to position literature written by Irish women within a broader social, political, geographical, and aesthetic context. He achieves this through examining literature in three key frameworks: the Medical Humanities/Health Humanities; the connection to European Opera; and the economics of the modern city. He has published widely on writers like Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Kate O'Brien, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Walter Scott.

Current Research Projects

  • Matthew L. Reznicek is currently pursuing research on several diverse topics related to Irish women writers and their European context. He is currently completing two monographs: one on the representation of gender and medicine in the Romantic National Tale; another on Irish women writers and European opera, which is under contract with SUNY UP. He is also co-editing two edited collections: one on the Bildungsroman in Irish Literature from 1800 to the Present (Syracuse UP); another on the representation of the Corpse in Irish Literature (Liverpool UP). Forthcoming are a chapter on race and Irish women's writing from 1800 to 1958 for Cambridge University Press; a chapter on urban infrastructure, health, and class anxiety in the novels of Edgeworth, Scott, and Austen for a Routledge Collection; an article on disability and revolution in Maria Edgeworth and Walter Scott for a special journal issue on the Gothic in Irish Literature; and an article on teaching health-care inequalities in Jane Austen's Emma (1815).

Grant Funding Received

  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies BSECS Postgraduate Travel Bursary, 2013
  • Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, 2013
  • Queen’s University Belfast Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)
  • Queen’s University Belfast Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)
  • Irish Studies International Research Initiative Postgraduate Studentship (Graduate Assistantship)

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching for Tomorrow Faculty Award Nomination, Creighton University, 2015