Matthew Rigilano, Ph.D.

Matthew Rigilano
Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Sutherland, 320B
Penn State Abington
119 Sutherland
Abington, PA 19001

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Rhetoric and Composition, Honors Freshman Rhetoric and Composition, Writing in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Humanities, Restoration & Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Peer Reviewed Articles 

“Waking the Living-Dead Man: The Biopolitics of Early Modern Sleep.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 17.4 (Fall 2017).

“Embodying the Invisible: Materiality and Subjectivity in Cavendish, Manley, and Haywood.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory & Interpretation 57.1 (Spring 2016).

“The Recess Does Not Exist: Absorption, Literality, and Feminine Subjectivity in Sophia Lee’s The Recess.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 26.2 (Winter 2014).

Other Publications

“Insensibly Led: Digression and/as Literature,” forthcoming in The Rambling 1.2 (Fall 2018).

Review of Empiricism and the Early Theory of the Novel: Fielding to Austin, by Roger Maioli and Fictional Matter: Empiricism, Corpuscles, and the Novel, by Helen Thompson, forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Life.

“Pati Hill’s Impossible Objects.” Pati Hill: Photocopier (Exhibition Catalog). Arcadia University (Spring 2017).

“When Worse Comes to Worst,” with Kyle Fetter, introduction to “The Worst,” Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious (2011).

Select Awards, Fellowships, and Honors

Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA (2017–2018)

Presidential Fellowship, SUNY Buffalo (2008–2012)

Teaching Assistantship, SUNY Buffalo (2008–2013)

Teaching Assistantship, Syracuse University (2006–2008)

Eighteenth-century British literature, the history of the novel, literary theory, rhetorical theory, subjectivity, psychoanalysis

Ph D, English (18th-century British literature), The State University of New York at Buffalo

MA, English, Syracuse University

BA, English, Pennsylvania State University