Dr. Matthew Burchanoski

Matthew Burchanoski
Dr. Matthew BurchanoskiMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 008D

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Teaching Assistant Professor


I specialize in 21st century Anglophone literature as it relates to shared concerns of globalism, cosmopolitanism, and questions of post-postmodernity. My dissertation analyzes four 21st century novels – Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost (2000), David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (2004), Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010), and Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013) – and considers how they wrestle, implicitly and explicitly, with the history of the 21st century and its effect on formal innovation and literary periodization. I analyze the four novels as representations of how individuals might live at multiple levels (the family, the nation, the globe, and the species) in ways befitting the increasing focus on humanist and cosmopolitan communities. I am currently writing two new articles for publication, one about animated Disney movies and parenting and another about Cloud Atlas and 'speculative modernisms.' 

I have also published work about and worked extensively in Marquette's. My work focused primarily on Writing Across the Curriculum, finding new and more sustainable ways of expanding the reach of the writing center. I am passionate about constantly refining and developing methods of interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaboration, as well as collaborating with instructors from a multitude of disciplines on how to enhance writing center and writing integration in courses as well as on instructional and assessment coaching. This work informs my writing instruction as well, in which I emphasize communal creation, shared authority, and multiplicity.

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 21st Century Anglophone Literature 
  • American Postmodernist Literature 
  • Pop Culture
  • Critical Theory


  • In Process: “Stuck in the Middle with You: Speculative Structure and Concentric Reading in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas,” to appear in Vector. 
  • In Process: “Foiled Again: The Antagonist Spirit of Parenting in The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Moana,” to appear in Representations of Parents and Parenting in Disney Films, co-written with Kathryn Hendrickson 
  • “Graduate Tutor Professional Development—and Collaborative Leadership—in an Undergraduate Writing Center,” to appear in Re-Defining Roles: The Professional, Faculty, and Graduate Consultant’s Guide to Writing Centers (2019), co-written with Rebecca Nowacek, Alex Frissell, Anna Scanlon, Danielle Clapham, Lisa Lamson, and Will Fitzsimmons.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J.  Fellowship (2022)
    Marquette University 
  • Schmitt Leadership Fellow (2020-21)
    Marquette University  
  • Winner of McCabe Teaching Award (2019)
    Marquette University  
  • Winner of Dekker Award for Excellence in Writing at PhD Level (2017)
    Marquette University 

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2024

  • Wed 11:00-2:00
  • By appointment

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2024

  • 1001/104 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Lalumiere Hall 392
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/105 TuTh 9:30-10:45 Lalumiere Hall 392
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1955H/905 TuTh 12:30-1:45 Lalumiere Hall 392
    • Core Honors First Year Seminar
  • 1955H/906 TuTh 2:00-3:15 Lalumiere Hall 392
    • Core Honors First Year Seminar

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