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Matthew Dischinger


Ph.D., Louisiana State University


U.S. Multi-Ethnic, Global Anglophone, and southern literature


Matthew Dischinger works at the intersections of American Studies, Southern Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. His research explores contemporary U.S. literature, Multi-Ethnic literature, literary melancholia, and pedagogy. He co-edited with Conor Picken the first book-length study of drinking in the diverse literatures and cultures of the U.S. South, Southern Comforts: Drinking and the U.S. South (LSU Press, 2020). His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly ReviewSouth Asian ReviewThe Global SouthMississippi Quarterly, and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution—as well as in edited collections examining race, region, and popular culture.

Dr. Dischinger teaches courses in American literature, Atlanta Studies, southern literature, critical methods, and writing. Recent courses have explored voting rights, the Atlanta Child Murders, and hydropolitics in Georgia. Students in his courses have produced community-facing projects about watershed health and drafted Wikipedia articles on literary representations of Atlanta.


“States of Possibility in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.” The Global South 11.1 (Spring 2017): 82-99.

“Percival Everett’s Speculative Realities.” Special Issue on the Twenty-First Century Southern Novel. Mississippi Quarterly 68.3-4 (Summer Fall 2017): 415-435.

“Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism.” Co-curator and contributing author of a special roundtable. Mississippi Quarterly 68.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2017): 5-42.

“After Southern Critique.” Mississippi Quarterly 68.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2017): 36-38.

The Walking Dead’s Postsouthern Crypts.” Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television. Ed. Lisa Hinrichsen, Gina Caison, and Stephanie Rountree. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. 259-276.

“Why Kelly Cherry Writes Now: A review of Twelve Women in a Country Called America: stories.” North Carolina Literary Review Online. March 2016.

“‘It was enough that the name was written.’: Ledger Narratives in Edward P. Jones’s The Known World and Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses.” Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas. Ed. Jay Watson and James G. Thomas, Jr. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016. 219-232.

“The Construction of Place: An Interview with Percival Everett.” Virginia Quarterly Review 91.3 (Summer 2015): 259-264.

“Returning from ‘Beyond the Bridge’: Postcolonial Hybridity in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day.” Race and Displacement: Nation, Migration, and Identity in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Maha Marouan and Merinda Simmons. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 2013. 57-65.

“Leaving Tuscaloosa: Brad Vice’s Postsouthern Intertextuality.” forthcoming at The Southern Quarterly. 

Southern Comforts: Drinking and the U.S. South. LSU Press, March 2020.









“Teaching beyond empathy: the classroom as care community.” South Asian Review 39: 3-4 (2018): 395-406.