Rebecca MaattaTeaching Assistant Professor
McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
627 College Hall
Education:Ph.D., Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
M.A., Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
B.A., English and Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
"Tracking the Unruly Cadaver: Dracula and Victorian Coroners' Reports," Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World. Edited by Matthew Gibson and Sabine Muller. Clemson University Press in association with Liverpool University Press, 2019. pp. 121-146.
"'This shattered prison': Bodily Dissolution, Wuthering Heights and Joseph Maclise's Dissection Manuals." Nineteenth-Century Contexts 33.5 (2011): 415-436.
"Morbid Parts: Gender, Seduction and the Necro-Gaze," Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890. Ed. Julie Peakman. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. pp. 167-201.
"'The very subject before us...the flies that haunt the places of dissection': Teaching Anatomical Knowledge Using Archival Illustrations," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2019, Denver, Colorado.
"'A gash in the universe': Consumption and Annihilation in Poppy Z. Brite's "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves," Midwest Modern Language Association, November 2018, Kansas City, Missouri.
"'It was of unpainted deal, plain, strong, and scrupulously clean': The Victorian Autopsy Table and Tabulating England's Health," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, March 2018, San Francisco, California.
"'I went into my laboratory to plan murder ... on the biggest scale it has ever been planned.;" The Beetle's Sydney Atherton as Vivisector-Hero," EAPSU, Slippery Rock PA, October 2015.
"Cork Legs and Steam Arms: Mechanical Surgery, and the Manufacture and Marketing of Artificial Limbs in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2015.
"Bodies Yet Unknown: Gothic Literature, Vivisection, and the Physiological Sublime," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth=Century Studies Conference, U Houston, March 2014.
Anatomy and the Book for Dr. Thora P. Brylowe's course Book History, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English. September 16, 2014. Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Rare Books and Special Collections Room.
Anatomical Atlases from Vesalius to Gray's Anatomy for Dr. Drew Armstrong's course Configuring Disciplines: Representation in the Human and Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Department of History of Art and Architecture, January 23 and 30, 2014. Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Rare Books and Special Collections Room.
"Prurient Didacticism?: The Social Life of Anatomical Specimens in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, U Virginia, March 2013.
"Joseph Maclise and Nineteenth-Century Anatomical Illustration," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, U Kentucky, March 2012.
"Teaching Literature in a Science-Based Curriculum: A Science Fiction Syllabus," invited lecture, Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar, November 2011.
"Joseph Maclise and the Anatomical Arts Tradition," Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Philadelphia, PA, May 2010.
"Alter the Body, Alter the Being: Vivisection as Intervention in The Island of Dr. Moreau," Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Hershey, PA, May 2009.
"Gender, the Gothic and the Necro-Gaze," conference on Benjamin Robert Haydon, Romanticism and the Visual Arts: Romantic Painting, Cincinnati, OH, November 2008.
"Gender, Reproduction and Illness in Bram Stoker's Dracula," The Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2008.
"Discursive Violence in the Classroom: Re-examining the Problem of the Material Effects of Discourse," with Jennifer Andrus, National Communication Association Conference, November 2005.
"Hot, Monstrous and Hungry: Poppy Z. Brite's Orientalist Gothic," International Gothic Association, Montreal, Canada, August 2005.
Healthcare and Literature
Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing
College Writing Interpreting Literature
Interpretation and Argument
Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies
Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances
Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction
The Victorian Novel
British Literature of the Romantic Period
Introduction to Gender Studies
Advanced Gender Studies
Fin de Siècle Gothic