Matthew E. Bolton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Matthew Bolton teaches film, literature, and pop culture. His research in film adaptation develops a rhetorical approach to adaptation across media, recuperating fidelity as a theoretical and interpretive concept by considering the ways in which rhetorical...

Contact Information

  • Robinson House, Room 214
  • Spring 2018
    Tuesday: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Jundt, Room 110)
    Thursday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3:15 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • 509-313-4718

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in 20th Century Literature, Ohio State University, 2011

M.A. in Literature, University of North Texas, 2005

M.S. in Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

B.A in English, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Courses Taught

Engl 102: Introduction to Literature

Engl 193: The Imagination of Disaster: Aesthetics and Ethics of 9/11 Art (First-Year Seminar)

Engl 204 / Wgst 221: Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film (Topics in Film)

Engl 204: World Cinema (Topics in Film)

Engl 394: "I prefer to see it as the study of change": Chirality, Uncertainty, and Corrosion in Breaking Bad (Topics in Film)


Matthew Bolton teaches film, literature, and pop culture. His research in film adaptation develops a rhetorical approach to adaptation across media, recuperating fidelity as a theoretical and interpretive concept by considering the ways in which rhetorical effects like affect and ethics are translated from prose to film. His work on adaptation has appeared in Adaptation, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Diegesis, Miranda, and ImageText, and he is working on a book manuscript, A Rhetorical Approach to Adaptation: Effects, Purposes, and the Fidelity Debate.