Matthew Salway

Matthew Salway

PhD Research Student

Summary: My thesis, entitled "The Pursuit of Character: Masculinity, Legibility and the American Novel," is about character as a political, religious and literary parameter of recognisability in U.S. life.

Teaching Commitments: Poetry: Reading and Interpretation

Research

My thesis, entitled "The Pursuit of Character: Masculinity, Legibility and the American Novel," is about character as a political, religious and literary parameter of recognisability in U.S. public life, and the ways in which writers (Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harold Frederic, Henry James and Sinclair Lewis) reveal the fragility of character as a social framework.

I am supervised by Professor Bridget Bennett, and funded by the AHRC. 

Biography

I received my BA (Hons) in English and American Literature from the University of Warwick (2011). I completed an MA in American Literature and Culture at Leeds (2012).

Awards and Fellowships

  • AHRC-Huntington Fellow at The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (July-October 2013)
  • Doctoral Studentship from the AHRC, University of Leeds (October 2012-September 2015)
  • Research Preparation Masters Scholarship from the AHRC, University of Leeds (October 2011-September 2012)

Publications

  • "Breaking the 'Mould' of The Ambassadors" in The Henry James Review (forthcoming)

Conference Papers

  • "Queer Callings: Henry James and the Religion of Predetermined Sexuality," C19 "Unsettling" Conference, Pennsylvania State University (March 2016)
  • "U.S. Literary Morality and the Crisis of Character," BrANCA "Keywords" Conference, University of Warwick (November 2015)
  • "The Craft of Character: Evangelical Identity in the Emma Newman Papers," The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (August 2014)

Other Activities

  • Co-chair of the School of English Postgraduate Seminar at Leeds (2013-2014)