Matt Teorey

Matt Teorey
Professor - English
Phone (direct)
(360) 417-6269
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
MA, Central Washington University
BA, Northwestern University
Teaching Philosophy:
  • Collaborative teaching: learning communities and linked classes (particularly with other disciplines, such as math, biology, philosophy, sociology, film studies)
  • Integrated Humanities (lit, film, art, dance, theater, pop culture)
  • American Literature (particularly poetry)
  • Business and technical writing
  • Composition
Research / Professional Interests:


“Do You See It Too? Relationality in Pacific Northwest Sea Serpent Lore.” Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal 52.4 (2019): 127-148.

“Empowering Femininity through Trans Discourse in Ana Castillo’s Peel My Love Like an Onion and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.” Community College Humanities Review 2.1 (2017): 52-69.

“Racial Villainy: Cape Verdean Characters in White-Authored US Literature.” KCKCC E-Journal 10.2 (2017): 1-18. E-journal:…;

“Cultural Self-Discovery in Vasco Pires’s Trilingual Poetry.” Comparative Literature Studies 54.3 (2017): 518-539.

“The Lorax and Wallace Stegner: Inspiring Children's Environmental Activism.” Children’s Literature in Education 45.4 (2014): 324-339. 

“Militant Nostalgia in Cape Verdean Literature.” Global Journal of Human Social Sciences 13.7 (2013): 15-22.

“Whirled Together: Poe’s ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’ and the Polynesian Legend of Maui.” Discovery: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies 1.1 (2013): 36-50.

“Metadrama in Old Time Radio: ‘Abbott…What Page Are You On?’” Journal of American Culture 34.4 (December 2011): 357-371.

“Ecological Discourse in Craig Childs’s The Secret Knowledge of Water.” Journal of Ecology 2.2 (July 2010): 1-13. E-journal: 

“Spider Woman, Male Pregnancy, and Bi-gendered Identity in Silko’s Ceremony and Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Comparative Literary Studies 47.1 (2010): 1-20.

“Unmasking the Gentleman Soldier in the Memoirs of Two Cross-dressing Female U.S. Civil War Soldiers.” War, Literature & the Arts 20 (2008): 74-93.

“Welcome to My Home.” Curriculum for the Bioregion: English 2008 Teaching and Learning Activity. (2008). Washington Center website: 

“Untangling Barbed Wire Attitudes: Internment Literature for Young Adults.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 33.3 (Fall 2008): 227-245.

“Escaping the Lion’s Paw: Jungle Cat Imagery and Late-Nineteenth-Century Political Reform.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 19.1 (Winter 2006): 42-47.

“Into the Imperial Whirlpool: Poe’s ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’ and the United States South Sea Exploration Expedition.” Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism 38 (2005): 43-52.

“‘I Write Very Deliberately Indeed’: Four Uncollected Interviews with W.D. Howells.” American Literary Realism 37.2 (Winter 2005): 159-79.

“Joined at the Hip: The Joys and Travails of Teaching ‘Linked’ Courses.” The Quarterly of the National Writing Project 26.3 (2004): 27-31.

“Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Miraculous Escape from Antarctica as Captivity Narrative: ‘The Grip of the Ice.’” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 47.3 (2004): 273-291.

“William Wordsworth and Leslie Marmon Silko: Toward an Ecofeminist Future,” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment) 11.1 (Winter 2004): 31-56.

“Using Freshman Composition to Analyze What Students Really Know about Grammar,” The Quarterly of the National Writing Project 25.4 (2003): 2-5, 20.

“Pirates and State Sponsored Terrorism in Eighteenth-Century England,” Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness 1.2 (Feb. 2003): 53-63. E-Journal:


“Jack London’s ‘To Build a Fire’” and “Hamlin Garland’s ‘Under the Lion’s Paw,’” Resource Guide to American Literature: Realism and Regionalism, 1865-1914. Eds. Gary Scharnhorst and Tom Quirk. Detroit: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 2010.

“Clarence Major.” African American National Biography. (AANB) Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford UP, 2008.

“The Genteel Tradition” (pp. 413-417), “Law Enforcement” (pp. 581-585), and “Political Parties” (pp. 853-859). American History through Literature, 1870-1920. Eds. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.

“Juanita Harrison” (pp. 929-930), “James Weldon Johnson” (pp. 1194-1196), “Ron Milner” (pp. 1500-1501), and “Anne Moody” (pp. 1515-1517). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. 5 Vol. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.


“A Yellowstone Ghost Story,” Crosscurrents (2006): 138-39.

“The Mountain,” Manastash (1999): 18-20.

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