Angel D. Matos



Areas of Interest
Children's and Young Adult Literature, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature, LGBTQ Fiction and Studies, Space and Architecture, Critical Theory

PhD Candidate, English, University of Notre Dame
MA, English, University of Notre Dame
MA, English Education, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
BA, English Linguistics, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Angel Daniel Matos is a PhD candidate and José Enrique Fernández fellow at the University of Notre Dame, where he studies children's and young adult literature and contemporary American fiction, with a particular interest in narrative, LGBTQ literature, and critical theory. His dissertation, entitled “Feeling Infinite: Optimism and Affect in Queer Young Adult Literature,” unpacks the role of optimism in young adult works with queer content, concentrating specifically on the ways in which hope and affect assist young adult literature in broadening and complicating our understanding of a contemporary LGBTQ canon. His work has been published in Atenea and in The ALAN Review's 40th anniversary summer issue, and he has two forthcoming essays that will be made available in critical anthologies published by Routledge and McFarland Press. Angel is currently part of the editorial board of The ALAN Review, and starting December 2015, he will serve as a column editor for this journal. He currently co-teaches Introduction to Gender Studies for Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program, and he is also one of the Quality of Life chairs for the Graduate Student Union.

Recent Scholarly Activity

Matos, Angel Daniel. “Queer Consciousness/Community in David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing: ‘One the Other Never Leaving.’” Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Eds. Tricia Clasen and Holly Hassel. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.
Matos, Angel Daniel. “‘Without a Word or Sound’: The Enmeshment of Deaf and Gay Identity in Young Adult Literature.” Lessons in Disability: Essays on Teaching with Young Adult Literature. Ed. Jacob Stratman. Jefferson: McFarland & Company. Forthcoming.
Matos, Angel Daniel. “The Queerly Departed: Grief, Melancholia, and Futurity in Modern Sea Drama.” Atenea 34.1-2 (January – December 2014): 49-69. Print.
Matos, Angel Daniel. “‘A New History’: Alternate Constructions of Gender and Kinship in Queer Dystopian Literature.” 131st Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Panel: Gender in Young Adult Dystopias. Austin, Texas. Forthcoming.