Matthew DeForrest


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Dr. Matthew M. DeForrest is an Associate Professor of English and Interim Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Johnson C. Smith University. His scholarship has primarily focused on William Butler Yeats and includes Yeats and the Stylistic Arrangements of Experience (1999); W. B. Yeatss A Vision: Dove or Swan in W. B. Yeats's "A Vision": Explications and Contexts. (2012); and Yeats as Father in the Last Four Poems in Michael Robartes and the Dancer in The Yeats Journal of Korea: An International Journal of Yeats and Modern Literature (2013). He has presented papers nationally and internationally, including presentations at The Sixth International Conference of the Princess Grace Library of Monaco; The Yeats Anniversary Conference; and meetings of the American Conference for Irish Studies, of course, the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers. He has also published on the intersection of politics and education in Inside Higher Ed.

DeForrest holds a Ph.D. in Irish Literature and Mythology from the University Professors Program at Boston University, where was awarded best dissertation for 1995-96; an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama with First Honours from University College, Dublin, in Ireland; and a B.A. in English and American Literature from Boston University.

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