Matthew S. Biberman

Professor
Email: steven.biberman @ louisville.edu
Phone: 502-852-3052
Office Hours: Fall Term: M 4:30 - 5:30;
W 6:00 - 7:00

 

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication(WR). An introduction to English Studies,providing an overview of forms such as poetry, drama,and the novel,and an introduction to terminology and methods used in analyzing texts.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Extensive practice in literary analysis and in the forms and conventions of writing about various literary genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. The nature and function of myth, mythmaking, and mythologies, in their relation to the study of literature. Literary works chosen from various periods of English literature.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 310 or 300 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-313; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-313. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from the beginning through Shakespeare. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: pre-1700.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-314; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-314. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from Shakespeare through the eighteenth century. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: 1700-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). An intensive study in the works of one or a small grouping of authors. May be repeated once for credit. Historical period varies by semester-see schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 306 and 310. Study of selected theories for the interpretation of literary and other texts, from the New Criticism to the present.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. Intensive study of selected drama and poetry of Shakespeare. Historical Period pre-1700.
Intensive study of a large cross-section of the plays, with attention to modern critical approaches.
A selective survey of theories of interpretation from the New Criticism to the present, and of interpretive practices based on these theories.

Educational Background


M.A. New York University
Ph.D. Duke University

    Teaching Areas

      Literary Theory, Creative Writing, Early Modern English Literature, Holocaust Studies

        Research Interests

          Big Sid’s Vincati, New York, NY: Hudson St. Press, 2009. (memoir). Reviewed in the New York Times (Stanley Fish) and featured in the Louisville Courier Journal, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Motorcyclist, WKU-PBS's Mainstreet, Jay Leno’s Garage and Discovery Channel's Cafe Racer.

            Masculinity, Anti-Semitism and Early Modern English Literature: From the Satanic to the Effeminate Jew. Ashgate Press, 2004. Reviewed in Medieval and Renaissance Drama (by Peter Berek), The Modern Language Review (by Tom Rutter), The Review of English Studies (by B. J. Sokol), Renaissance Quarterly (by Thomas Moisan) and in Year’s Work in English Studies.

              “Shakespeare After 9/11,” Shakespeare Yearbook XVIII. Volume editors: Matthew Biberman and Julia Reinhard Lupton. Consulting editor: Graham Holderness. Assistant Editor: Ashley Brinkman. Contributors include Jane Bellamy, Harry Berger, Richard Burt, Linda Charnes, Walter A. Davis, Hugh Grady, Julia Lupton, Chris Pyle, Patricia Parker and Slavoj Zizek.

              Professional Activities

                Member, Board of Directors, Savage Rose Theatre Company

                Honors & Awards

                  Phi Beta Kappa member