Department of English

Matthew Leporati, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Fordham University
B.A., St. John’s University

matthew.leporati@mountsaintvincent.edu

Areas of Interest

  • Writing pedagogy and mindfulness
  • British Romanticism
  • Epic poetry
  • Religion and literature
  • British literature and empire

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 and 120 Writing in Context I and II
  • ENGL 110L and 120L Grammar Lab
  • PFS 101 HEOP Pre-First Year Seminar
  • FYE 101 First Year Experience
  • FSEM 139 Freshman Seminar: The Literature of Protest
  • ENGL 203 Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 270 Frankenstein and Its Age
  • ENGL 296 Language of the Individual and Society
  • ENGL 317 Introduction to Literary Interpretation
  • HNRS 370 Enumerating Arguments: Mathematics and the Written Word
  • ENGL 450 Coordinating Seminar
  • ENGL 461 Professional Writing

Publications

Romantic Epics and the Mission of Empire. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Emanuel Swedenborg’s Conjugial Love and the Erotic Politics of William Blake’s Epics. European Romantic Review, forthcoming.

Editor of “Mindfulness in Writing and Literature Classrooms.” Special Cluster of essays. Modern Language Studies, 52.1 (2022). (co-edited with Donetta Hines)

“Introduction: Mindfulness in Writing and Literature Classrooms.” Modern Language Studies, 52.1 (2022): 13-19. (co-authored with Donetta Hines)

“Peeling The Onion: Pop Culture Satire in the Writing Classroom.” Isn’t it Ironic?: Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture. Routledge, 2021. 20-38. (co-authored with Rob Jacklosky)

“William Blake’s Emoji: Composite Art and Composition.” The CEA Forum. Vol. 49. No. 1 (2021): 69-94.

“‘More than mortal fervour’: Patriotism and Democracy in John Thelwall’s Epic The Hope of Albion.” Romanticism 26.1 (2020): 50-61.

“New Formalism in the Classroom: Re-Forming Epic Poetry in Wordsworth and Blake.” Humanities 8.2 (2019): 100, 1-16.

“Building up Jerusalem in the Classroom: William Blake and Writing Pedagogy.” The CEA Forum 47.1 (2018): 62-95.

“Ann Yearsley’s ‘Brutus’ and the Evangelical Epic Poem.” Studies in Romanticism 57.2 (2018): 265-300.

“Teaching William Wordsworth’s Prelude, Book 7.” “Teaching Romanticism – Romanticism and the City.” Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, pedagogy blog (2016).

“William Blake’s Perspectives: Teaching Romanticism in the Community College Classroom.” The CEA Critic 78.1 (2016): 90-105.

“Authority from Heaven’: Robert Southey’s Madoc and Epic Christian Imperialism.” European Romantic Review (ERR) 25.2 (2014): 161-180.

Review of Romantic Literature: Texts, Contexts, Connections by John Gilroy. Romanticism 19.3 (2013): 333-335.

Web Project

The Suspended Sentence: An Exploration of Finnegans Wake

Select Conference Presentations

Co-Chair: Mindfulness in the Writing and Literature Classrooms: Mindful Teaching and Learning. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2022.

“Meaningful Nonsense: Minding Paradox in the Writing and Literature Classroom.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2022.

“‘Faun MacGhoul!’: James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as Epic Underworld Descent.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2022.

“Minding the World within Words: Stimulating Mindfulness in the Classroom through the OED.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Online, 2021.

Co-Chair: Mindfulness in the Writing and Literature Classroom: In-person, Online, in the Moment (Roundtable). Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Online, 2021.

“The Romantic Epic Poet and Transnational Utopia.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Online, 2021.

“William Blake’s Epic (Dis)Connections.” British Association for Romantic Studies Conference, Online, 2021.

“Forms of Mindful Pedagogy: Minding Form in the Writing Classroom.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2020.

Co-Chair: Mindfulness in the Writing and Literature Classroom (Roundtable). Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2020.

“’The Authors are in Eternity’: William Blake, Supernatural Inspiration, and Writing Pedagogy.” Supernatural Studies Conference, Bronx, NY, 2019.

Co-Facilitator: Mindfulness in the Writing and Literature Classroom (Workshop). Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Washington, D.C., 2019.

“’Such is the Cry from all the Earth’: The Dark Ecological Perception of William Blake’s Epics.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Washington, D.C., 2019.

“Becoming Mindful of Empathy in the Literature and Writing Classroom” (Roundtable). Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Pittsburg, PA, 2018.

“Homer, Newton, and Imperial Space in the Epics of William Blake.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Pittsburg, PA, 2018.

“Creative Masochism in the Epics of William Blake.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Providence, RI, 2018.

“Structuring the Grammar Lab.” New Jersey College English Association Conference, South Orange, NJ, 2018.

“Emanuel Swedenborg’s Conjugial Love and the Erotic Politics of William Blake’s Epics.” Swedenborg and the Arts, Bryn Athyn, PA, 2017.

“Smartphones and Sentence Diagrams: Stimulating Mindfulness in the Writing Classroom.” Blended Learning Conference, Bryn Mawr, PA, 2017.