Matt Sivils publishes book chapter


Matt Sivils, professor in the Department of English, has published a book chapter “Monstrous Stewardship and the Plantation in Chesnutt’s ‘The Goophered Grapevine.’”

The chapter was published in the book “Stewardship and the Future of the Planet: Promise and Paradoxes” which was released by Routledge in July 2022.

According to the publisher’s website, the chapter analyzes Charles W. Chesnutt’s 1887 short story “The Goophered Grapevine” in light of both cultural monster theory and environmental literary criticism. Specifically, it looks at how Chesnutt imagines the plantation as both the product and embodiment of a monstrous system of agriculturally-based racial oppression.