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    Matthew Binney, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Patterson Hall 211N
    Phone: 509.359.7061

    My Specializations and interests include long 18th century British literature, cosmopolitanism, travel literature, critical theory, moral and political philosophy.


    Auburn University, PhD, 2004

    I am interested particularly in early modern notions of and responses to the foreign in British and European travel accounts and how these inform philosophical and cultural discourse. I am also a Contributing Editor for The Scriblerian:

    Recent Publications

    "The "New" Nature in the Language of Travel: Domingo Navarrete's and John Locke's Natural Law Rhetoric," 1650-1850. Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era (forthcoming)

    "Travel Experience and the 'New' Nature in early English Eighteenth-Century Travel Collections," Revue LISA / LISA e-journal (April 2011).

    "Milton, Locke, and the Early Modern Framework of Cosmopolitan Right," Modern Language Review 105.1 (2010).

    "The Justice of Tom Jones: A Reevaluation of Henry Fielding's Moral Theory," 1650-1850. Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 14 (2007).

    "Late Seventeenth-Century, North American Travel Narratives: Nation-ness and Self-Reflectivity," The Seventeenth Century 21.2 (Autumn 2006): 383-403.

    Courses Taught

    Survey of British Literature I, II, & III
    17th -Century Literature and Culture
    18th -Century Literature and Culture
    Critical Methodologies

    Contact Information

    Department of English
    203 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6039
    fax: 509.359.6206

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