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Matt Bryant Cheney

Research Interests:
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature and Culture
Comics and Graphic Novels
Literary Theory and Criticism
Community-Engaged Teaching
Philosophy and Literature

M.A. University of Tennessee (2013)
B.A. Carson-Newman University (2008)

Fall 2015 Courses

WRD 112-006

"Transnational Lives" Interview with Floya Anthias

In part three of a four part series, this Transnational Lives podcast features Matt Bryant Cheney, a graduate student within the English Department, James Lincoln, a graduate student within the Philosophy Department, and Lucia Montas, a graduate student in Hispanic Studies, as they speak with Floya Anthias about the development of her career and the influence of social theory and transnationalism within her own life. 
For more information about the lecture series that inspired this podcast series, please head to: Transnational Lives Lecture Series
Selected Publications:


with Lucia Montas and James Lincoln.  “Translocational Social Theory after ‘Community’: An Interview with Floya Anthias.” disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 25 (2016). Web. UKnowledge. <>

"US Comics and Social Change: 1954-2014." in Critical Insights: The American Comic Book. Ed. Joseph Sommers. Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, 2014.

[Book Review] “Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons.” The Georgia Review. Spring Issue, 2013.


"St. Francis Tarwater: or; Flannery O'Connor's Uncharitable Aid." American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA. May 2017

"Real American Suffering: Dorothy Day's The Long Loneliness." International Conference on Narrative. Lexington, KY. March 2017

"Ralph Ellison's Awkward Philanthropists." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2017.

"Unsentimental Charity: The Philanthropic Ethos of Wright's Native Son." International Conference on Narrative. Amsterdam, Netherlands. July 2016.

“Southern Comics and US Literary Scholarship: Emergent Texts, Emerging Methodologies.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Boston, MA. March 2016.

"Junot Díaz, MFA: Global Cultural Capital and the Program Era." Louisville Conference on Language and Literature after 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2015.

"Baudelaire, Benjamin, Batman: Toward an Aesthetics of Shock in Moore and Bolland's The Killing Joke." ComiConference. Central Michigan University. April 2014.

"Slouching Towards Solidarity: Joan Didion's Atomized Morality."  Louisville Conference on Language and Literature After 1900.  Louisville, KY. February 2014.

“Against and Among Difference: Racial Politics and Communal Location in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. Boulder, CO; October 2012.

" 'Mah folks can't plant nothing!’: The Pastoral and Environmental Racism in Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children." University of Virginia Graduate English Conference. Charlottesville, VA; March 2012.

MASTERS THESIS (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)

"Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Justice." Committee: Tom Haddox (Chair), Bill Hardwig, Katy Chiles, Allen Dunn