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 Sue Matheson

​Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Business and Science - English
204-627-8627
smatheson@ucn.ca

Teaching
American Literature, Canadian Literature, British Literature, Film, Children’s Literature, Women’s Literature, Critical Theory, Indigenous and Aboriginal Literature, Gothic Literature, Popular Culture (Film & Literature)
 
Research Activity/Scholarships
Monographs:
Shot/countershot—the lives, films, and careers of Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press. Forthcoming 2019.
On Lions and Witches—Enchantment and Black Magic in the Chronicles of Narnia. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars
Publishing. Forthcoming 2019.
Northern Cree and Dene Stories. Vernon: BC: JCharlton Publishing. Forthcoming 2019.
The Westerns and War Stories of John Ford. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Edited Collections:
Westerns and the Classical World. Ed. Sue Matheson.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Forthcoming 2018.
A Fistful of Icons: frontier fixtures of the American Western. Ed. Sue Matheson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017.
Horizons North: contact, education, and culture in Canada.  Eds. Sue Matheson and John Butler. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. Reprint 2104.
Love in Western Film and Television. Ed. Sue Matheson. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.
The Fictional North: ten discussions of stereotypes and icons above the 53rd parallel. Eds. Sue Matheson and John Butler. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2012.

Articles and Book Chapters:
“Remaking the pirate—Long John Silver, male role models, and deadbeat dads in Walt Disney’s Treasure Planet (2002).” Pirates: Lifting the Jolly Roger in History and Popular Culture. Ed. Antonio Sanna. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Forthcoming 2018.
“Elder horror and abjection at the Overlook—psychic strains in The Shining (1980) we’d all rather forget.” Elder Horror on Screen: Hermits, Harbingers, and Hags. Eds. Cynthia J. Miller and Bowdoin Van Riper. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
“Go West Young Satyr:  chorus, choryphaeus, and the upending of tragedy in John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn.” Westerns and the Classical World. Ed. Sue Matheson. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
 “Comedy Horror by the Book: carnival and heteroglossia in Kenny Ortega’s Hocus Pocus (1993).” Horror by the Book: Monstrous Manuscripts, Sacred Scrolls, and Illuminated Evil on Screen. Eds. Cynthia J. Miller and Bowdoin Van Riper. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
“Joanne Kathleen Rowling (1965-present):  more magic for the young at heart.” Shapers of American Childhood. Eds. Kathy Merlock-Jackson and Mark West. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
“Interview with Kathy Merlock Jackson.” Why We Still Matter: The Second Generation Popular Culture Scholars. Ed. Lynn Bartholome. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
“Carnival, free play, and American horror—mashup in Joe Johnston’s Jumanji (1995).” Robin Williams: Essays on the Man and the Movies. Ed. Johnson Cheu. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2018.
“Not a Lost Cause—America’s ‘other’ history in D.W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gary Ross’ Free State of Jones (2016).” Charting the Civil War in Film. Ed. Doug Brode. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017: 33-44.
“Frontier Fringe: buckskin cavaliers in the Hollywood West.” A Fistful of Icons: frontier fixtures of the American Western.  Ed. Sue Matheson. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press, 2017: 23-35.
“Hierophany and Horror in Rosemary’s Baby.” Divine Horror: The Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Supernatural. Eds. Cynthia Miller and Bow Van Riper. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press, 2017:  64-75.
 “Culinary carnival in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Zombieland (2009).” What's Eating You?: Food and Horror on Screen. Eds. Cynthia Miller and Bow Van Riper. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016: 49-64.
"Good neighbours, moral philosophy and the masculine ideal in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood." Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood: Friendship and Community in the Digital Age. Eds. Kathy Jackson Merlock and Steven Emmanuel. Jefferson: N.C.: McFarland Press, 2016: 24-39.
“Delmar Daves and the “adult” Western: auteur elements and the ordinary in Cowboy (1958).” ReFocus: The Films of Delmar Daves. Eds. Matthew Carter and Andrew Patrick Nelson. Series Eds. Robert Singer and Gary D. Rhodes. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2016: 118-134.
 “Case transhumed:  phenomena, ecstasy, and the lyric mode in William Gibson’s Neuromancer.” Storytelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative 15 (2015): 51-64.
“From Page to Screen: dysfunction, subtext, and platonic idealism in Mary Poppins (1964).” Walt Disney and His Narratives: From Reader to Storyteller. Eds. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2015: 148-165.
 “The failure of retribution, the trauma of history, and restorative healing in Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves.”  Exploring Indigenous Social Justice. Ed. John George Hansen. Vernon: BC: JCharlton Publishing, 2014: 207-22.
“Collage, hypertextuality, and self-actualization—northern hermeneutics in Birk Sproxton’s Headframe: and Headframe: 2.” Prairie Fire 34.3 (Fall 2013): 60-73.  
“South Meets North: Snow Comedy, W.C. Fields, and the Northern Prospector.” Horizons North: contact, education, and culture above the 53rd parallel. Eds. Sue Matheson and John Butler. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013: 135-47. Reprint. 
“South Meets North: Snow Comedy, W.C. Fields, and the Northern Prospector.” the quint 5.2 (Mar 2013): 116-34.
“The Professional Western Revised: Southern Diaspora, Frontier Heteroglossia, and Audience Nostalgia.” Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television Since 1990. Eds Andrew P. Nelson. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013: 77-90.
“Nietzsche and Bad Conscience on Mosquito Coast.”  Co-written with Dr. James Gough.  Film-Philosophy 17.1 (2013): 234-44.
“‘When you side with a man, you stay with him!’:  the importance of philia in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969).” Love in Western Film and Television: Lonely Hearts and Happy Trails. Ed. Sue Matheson. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2013: 225-238.
“‘The West--re-animated and regenerated: Hollywood horror and Western iconography in Gore Verbinski’s Rango (2011).” Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier. Eds. Cynthia Miller and Bow Van Riper. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012: 65-79.
“Death and the Guardian Spirit: altered states of consciousness, shamanism, and narrative strategy in Charles Williams’ All Hallows’ Eve.” the quint 4.3 (June 2012): 48-56.
“‘Let’s go home, Debbie’:  the matter of blood pollution, combat culture, and Cold War hysteria in The Searchers (1956).” WESTERNS: THE ESSENTIAL JOURNAL OF POPULAR FILM AND TELEVISION COLLECTION. Eds. Gary R. Edgerton and Michael Marsden. London and New York: Routledge, 2012: 103-17. Reprint.
 “Deconstructing primitive masculinity in Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925): appetite and hunger in the Northwoods.”  The Fictional North: ten discussions of stereotypes and icons above the 53rd parallel. Eds. Sue Matheson and John Butler. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012: 85-95. Reprint.
 “John Ford on the Cold War: Stetsons and Cast Shadows in The Man Who Shot LibertyValance (1962).” The Journal of Popular Culture 45.2 (April 2012): 357-69.

Encyclopedia:
John Ford Encyclopedia. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming 2018.
 
Encyclopedia entries:
“The Life of a Cowboy (1906).” Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Stagecoach (1939).” Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Fort Apache (1948).”  Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017. 
“She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949).”  Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Devil’s Doorway (1950).”  Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Rio Grande (1950).” Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“The Searchers (1956).” Racial Representation in American Cinema: A Three Volume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Two Rode Together (1961).”  Racial Representation in American Cinema: A ThreeVolume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Cheyenne Autumn (1964).”  Racial Representation in American Cinema: A ThreeVolume-Encyclopedia Set. Eds. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green. ABC-Clio, 2017.

Journals:
Book Review Editor. The Journal of Popular Film and Television, Vol. 43.4 (2015) ongoing.
Editor. the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the North. https://www.ucn.ca/ics/Library/ Vol. 7.4 (September 2015) ongoing.
Co-Editor. the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the North. https://www.ucn.ca/ics/Library/ Vol. 1.1 (December 2008) to Vol. 7.3 (June 2015).
Advisory Board, member.  The Journal of American Culture, 2012 to present.
 
Invited Lectures:
“The Painterly Eye—John Ford’s West.” To be presented at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, 31 March 2018.
Keynote Address. “Simple and sophisticated—pictura loquens: from evidentia aesthetica in Disney and Pixar films to memory palaces in Citizen Kane (1941) and Sergeant Rutledge (1950), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, BeloHorizonte, Brazil, II Seminário de Retórica e Argumentação: Docere, delectare et movere—enaergia/evidentia,” 24 August 2017.
“Hierophany and Horror in Rosemary’s Baby.” St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba 27 February 2017.
“The influence of Western artists in John Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.” Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, 23 February 2017.
“Introducing—John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy.”  Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, 22 February 2017.
"Survivor guilt and brotherly love in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1950)." The Charles Russell Museum, Montana 23 October 2016.
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