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Charlotte H. Matthews

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department: SCPS - CP-Instr-Central Virginia
Office location and address
Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Ln
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Charlotte Matthews is author of two poetry books: Still Enough to Be Dreaming and Green Stars (both Iris Press). Recently, her work has appeared in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Story South. Her honors include fellowships from The Chatauqua Institute, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  In the spring of 2014, Matthews was appointed Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri University of Science and Technology. As an associate professor, Matthews teaches writing classes and directs the Writing Center for SCPS.

ISLS 3000: Transformations: Reading, Thinking, and Communicating in the Liberal Arts
Credits: 3
Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, technology and research proficiencies necessary for success at college level and beyond; orients students to the culture of the University and the community of the BIS program. Introduces the breadth of campus resources and addresses academic advising; utilizes the theme of transformation as subject matter for reading, writing and discussion to provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary exploration.
ISHU 3170: The Writer as Cartographer: A Class in Poetry and Memoir
Credits: 3
Just as a cartographer is one who makes maps, projecting an area of the earth's surface on a flat plane, so is a writer able to transform an imagined shape into real shape. In much the manner of a cartographer, a writer must "brave the elements" in order to come closer to an understanding of what is mysterious. With a focus upon poetry and memoir, this class will ask students to read widely, to respond to assigned readings through essays and annotations, to produce creative work on a weekly basis, and to share such work openly in a workshop setting.
ISHU 3180: Roots and Stems of Effective Writing -- The Essay
Credits: 3
Writing begins with intuition, moves towards consciousness and strives for clarity. Such movement, such unfolding, calls for a steady eye and an enduring approach. Accordingly, this class will focus upon resurrecting the fading art of patience, a faculty required for writing. The focus of the class will be on creative essays and academic essays. To convey thoughts effectively one must be willing to take the time to observe one's subject, accurately. It is necessary to attend ardently to the language in order to articulate our explorations, to argue our viewpoints. One must keep the hand practiced in the actual activity of writing. This class will ask students to read widely, to respond to assigned readings through weekly essays and to share work openly in a workshop setting with a focus on revision.
ISHU 3183: Writing the Story of Your Life: Creative Nonfiction
Credits: 3
Student learns how to bring together the imaginative strategies of fictional story telling with new ways of narrating true, real-life events. Explores how Creative Nonfiction writing allows you to share your stories in compelling ways, helps you write effectively in professional and personal situations, and provides new ways for you to document real-life experiences as they occurred.
ISHU 3193: Writing About the Environment
Credits: 3
Focuses on classic, contemporary, and non-traditional literature about the environment. The course is divided into three sections: nature writing, place-based writing, and environmental writing. Readings focus on issues beyond landscape as gender, race, politics, ethics, and culture all play a part in environmental writing.
ISLS 3210: The Frost is Hard-Edged and Quick: Metaphor - Making a Final Unity
Credits: 3
What is a metaphor? What role does it play in the way we see the world, ourselves and others? What metaphors guide our own thinking - as a society and a culture about politics, crime, illness, ourselves, love and life? If we take metaphor seriously, is it possible to draw a hard line between fact and fiction, between arts and sciences, between the objective and subjective? Does metaphor refute reason? In this course students investigate these and related questions using a variety of media. Texts will be drawn from a spectrum of disciplines including poetry, cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, literature and literary criticism.
ISLS 3250: The Notion and the Heft of Home
Credits: 3
Explores the myriad meanings of home through such questions as: is home a preposterous notion? Considers and analyzes personal definitions of home. Explores readings from sermons of Puritan New England to personal narrative of Native Americans to testimonials of the homeless.
ISHU 3251: Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
Credits: 3
Explores the process, form, and voice of writing poetry. Offers the chance to read widely in contemporary American poetry and develop reflective prose essays on poetry, poetics, and the philosophy of poetry.
ISLS 3300: The Poet in Society
Credits: 3
Explores the complex, historically-conditioned role of the poet in society as it has played out within two very different cultural traditions: the Western democratic tradition of free expression, as practiced in the U.S. and Western Europe, and the Russian/Soviet/East European tradition of the past century, in which censorship and repression of free speech has been the rule.
ISLS 3360: The Role of Memory and The Human Condition
Credits: 3
Focuses on the the human condition and uses literature to examine the role of memory.
ISSS 3453: Food for Thought: An Exploration of the Way We Eat
Credits: 3
Looks at ways food has influenced western culture, and its significance in our lives from the invention of agriculture to the contemporary debate about health foods; examines films and texts to find womans role in food production, how religious beliefs, economic factors, and ideas about health influence why and what we eat. Should we live to eat or eat to live? Where do we eat? What forces shape our choice of foods? That's plenty to chew on!
ISHU 4090: Writing: Comfortable as a Hearth Rug
Credits: 3
Writing begins with intuition, moves towards consciousness and strives for clarity. Such movement calls for a steady eye and an enduring approach. Accordingly, this course focuses upon resurrecting the fading art of patience, a faculty required for writing. Students will read widely, respond to assigned readings through weekly essays and share work in a workshop setting with an emphasis on revision. Writing intensive.
ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities
Credits: 3
Conduct of Inquiry courses introduce students to major methodologies, content areas and contributions in the humanistic traditions of various world cultures.