Matthew J. Ferrence


Title:
Associate Professor of English
Department: English
Research Fields of Interest: Nonfiction Writing; Fiction Writing; Appalachian Studies; American Literature
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MFA., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., West Virginia University

Contact Information

Email: mferrence@allegheny.edu
Telephone: (814) 332-4339

Office Information

Office Location: Odd Fellows 225
Office Hours: Fall 2017

Mondays, Wednesdays 1:30-3:30; TTH 11:00-12:00 and by appointment.

Courses & Syllabi (FA ’17)

ENGL 210 Writing Nonfiction
ENGL 400 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 403 Advanced NonFiction Writing

 

Publications:

Books

  • All-American Redneck: Variations on an Icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks. U Tennessee Press, 2014

In Anthologies

  • “The Slashing.” Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood. Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor. Fort Collins, CO: Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State U, 2014. 128-138.

Creative Nonfiction

  • “Mos Teutonicus.” Colorado Review. Fall 2014.
  • “Depredation.” Creative Nonfiction 51. Spring 2014): 35-40.
  • “Exoskeleton.” Gettysburg Review 27.1 (Spring 2014): 108-119.
  •  “Spiritual Dangers.” Winner of 2013 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Cutbank 79 (Fall 2013): 52-67.
  • “The Slashing.” Gulf Coast 25.2 (Spring 2013): 184-193.
  • “White Vespa.” Burrow Press Review. October 2012.
  • “Getting There.”Sport Literate 7.2 (Winter 2012): 74-82.
  • “Rain.” Bluestem. December 2011.
  • “Museum Piece.”Puckerbrush Review 27.1 (Summer/Fall 2010): 31-34.
  • “Spaces Between.” Blue Mesa Review 23 (Spring 2010): 66-78. Selected as Notable Essay for the 2011 Best American Essays.
  • “Rules of the Game.” Stymie 2.1 (Summer 2009): 21-29.
  • “Highways and Fairways.”Crab Orchard Review 14.1 (Winter/Spring 2009): 174-182.
  • “Viewed From Above.” Concho River Review 22.2 (Fall 2008): 69-80.
  • “On the Turquoise Tee.” Blue Mesa Review 20/21 (Fall 2007/Spring 2008): 68-77.

Scholarship

  • “Approved by the Postmaster General.” Quarter After Eight 22 (Spring 2016): 101-112.
  • “Shaggy Grass, Seaside Golf, and French Theory.” The Millions. Nov. 12, 2015.
  • “Blooding.” Literary essay. Moon City Review (2015): 121-124.
  • “Milk Off.” Literary Essay. Copper Nickel 20 (Spring 2015): 30-32.
  • “You Are and You Ain’t: Story and Literature as Redneck Resistance.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 18.1&2 (Spring/Fall 2012): 113-130.
  • “Reality is Sly, People are Complicated: The Facts of the Matter (Part Two).” Roundtable discussion. Brevity: 20 Nov. 2012.
  • “As a Matter of Fact: A Roundtable Discussion About Anonymous’ ‘The Facts of the Matter’ and Truth and Craft in Nonfiction. Roundtable Discussion. Brevity: 5 Nov. 2012.
  • “Breaking the Filibuster of Race: the Literary Resonance of the Emmett Till Murder.” Arkansas Review 41.1 (Spring 2010): 45-62.
  • “The Naturalized Redneck: Performing Citizenship through Patriotic Submission.” Popular Culture Review 19.2 (Summer 2008): 61-67.
  • “Make it Up, Make it Right: Presidential Truth Through Biographical Falsity in Edmund Morris’s Dutch.” EASPSU On-line 3.1 (Fall 2006): 131-143.