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Matthew T. McGraw
Associate Professor of English
420 Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. English
"The Supernatural and the Limits of Materiality in Medieval Histories,
Travelogues, and Romances from William of Malmesbury to Geoffrey Chaucer"
Research and Teaching
Dr. McGraw teaches British literature, methods of teaching writing, and grammar and composition. His current research interests involve the construction of gender identity and the relationship between humanity, the material world, and the divine in medieval and Early Modern culture.
Papers and Presentations
"Sir Orfeo, the Black Death, and COVID-19." Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance
Association. via Zoom. June 2021.
"Sir Orfeo and Ambivalent Attitudes Toward the Earth." Indiana University
Bloomington's Medieval Institute Spring Symposium, Bloomington, IN, March
"Mercy, Justice, and the Limits of Human Agency in The Golden Legend." The Sewanee
Medieval Colloquium, Sewanee, TN. April, 2018.
"Bridging Divides, Barring Paths: Magic, Identity, and Gender in Friar Bacon and Friar
Bungay." College English Association, St. Petersburg, FL. April, 2018.
"Crime, Punishment, and Saints: Reforming Criminals and Human Justice in the Legenda Aurea
and Medieval Romance." Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association,
Grand Junction, CO. June, 2017.
"Invisible Vestments, Occluded Identity." The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Sewanee, TN.
"Healing, Power, and Sacrifice: Materiality and Ritual Exchange in Medieval Medicine and
Romance." The Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought,
Huntsville, TX. April, 2016.
"Creating and Shaping Masculinity in Thomas Middleton's The Roaring Girl and The
Changeling." College English Association, Denver, CO. March, 2016.
"Imagining the Perfect King: Divine Sanction, Magical Power, and the Limits of Materiality."
College English Association, Indianapolis, IN, March, 2015.
"Between Air and Earth: Magic in the Liber Iuratus Honorii and Two Medieval Romances."
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, Riverside, CA, October, 2014.
"Materiality, Magic, and the Interrogation of Identity in Sir Launfal and Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight." Medieval Perspectives: From the Mundane to the Miraculous, Storrs, CT,
"Exchange and Debt in the Middle English Poem ‘Cleanness'." Surplus/Excess, Riverside, CA,
"Confession and Rhetorical Strategy in the Works of John Mirk." Disjunctions, Riverside, CA,
Courses Taught at Lincoln University
· English 101 Composition and Rhetoric I
· English 102 Composition and Rhetoric II
· English 210 Survey of English Literature I
· English 211 Survey of English Literature II
· English 325 Grammar
· English 401 Shakespeare
· English 335 The English Language
· English 490 Problems and Practice in the Teaching of Grammar and Writing