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Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

English Major


Diane Matza, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3259
Office: R204 Romano Hall


Diane Matza (Ph.D. in American Studies) came to Utica College in 1978 to teach composition and courses in contemporary American literature. Her topics courses (on minorities in the American literary tradition, on war, on politics, and other issues) and her two-course twentieth century survey emphasize the multi-ethnic and -racial nature of our national literature and tensions between the ideal and the real in American life. Ms. Matza is the editor of Sephardic-American Voices: 200 Years of a Literary Legacy. She has co-produced the literary artists series at Utica College for 20 years, currently administers the College's Honors Program, and received the college's distinguished research award. She likes to bake chocolate desserts, take her daughters to the ballet, and listen to Italian opera.

Publications: (reviews are marked as such)
“A Mystery? A Comedy? Or Something Else Entirely?” a review of Curt Leviant’s A Novel of Klass. New Jersey Jewish Standard, May 2009.

“Revolutionary Justice”, a review of Dahlia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz,” Congress Monthly, August 2008.
Congress Monthly is the newsletter for The American Jewish Committee

“Exiled From Babylon,” a review of Naim Kattan’s Farewell, Babylon, Congress Monthly, November/December, 2007.

“The Sephardi American Experience, a review of Jack Marshall’s From Brooklyn to Baghdad, Congress Monthly, Special Book issue, July/August, 2007.

“A Leap of Faith, Sephardi Style,” Studies in American Jewish  Literature 25(2006): 133-140.

“Science into Art, a review of Allegra Goodman’s Intuition,”  Congress Monthly, 2006.

“My Town,” Sephardic Heritage Update, March 30, 2005.

“Sephardi and Mizrachi Women Speak Out” A review of The Flying Camel, Essays on identity by women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage,” The Forward, February 2004.

Review of Curt Leviant’s Ladies and Gentlemen, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet and Weekend in Mustara, The Forward, February, 2003.

“Love in Four Voices” in Congress Monthly, December 2002.

“Gini Alhadeff’s The Sun at Midday” and “Rebecca Camhi Fromer’s Holocaust Conversations” in Literary Representation and The Holocaust, ed. Lillian Kremer.
New York: Routledge.

“Gloria Kirchheimer’s Goodbye, Evil Eye. Shofar (Winter 2002).

“An Immigrant Tale Transformed: Ruth Knafo Setton’s The Road to Fez," The Forward.

“Allegra Goodman’s Kaaterskill Falls, The Utica Observer

“Heritage as Detail and Design in Sephardi American Poetry” in Jewish American Poetry, ed. Barron and Selinger, Hanover: UPNE, 2000.

“Loss and Discovery in a Traditional Culture: The Stories of  Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer and Ruth Knafo Setton.”
Shofar (Winter 1999): 95-101.

Sephardic American Voices: 200 Years of Literary
Editor. Hanover: UPNE, 1997.

“Sephardic American Writers.” In The New Immigrant
Westport, Cn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Review of Writing Their Nations in American Jewish Archives, 1994.

"Tradition and History: Sephardic Contributions to American Literature," American Jewish Archives, the 1992 Commemorative Edition, 370-409.

"Sephardic Jews Transmitting Culture Across Three
Generations" American Jewish History, Spring 1990.

"Book Review: Joseph Papo's Sephardim in Twentieth Century America: A Search for Unity," American Jewish Archives, Fall, 1988.

"Jewish Immigrant Autobiography: The Anomaly of a
Sephardic Experience," MELUS, November 1987.

"Reconstructing Sephardic Music Authentically: An Interview with Joe Elias," Genesis 2, September 1986.
"Sephardic Immigration to the United States: A Bibliographic Essay," Immigration History Newsletter, Spring 1987.

"Sephardic Jews,"Dictionary of American Immigration
History, ed. by Francesco Cordasco. Westport, Cn.:
The Greenwood Press, 1988.

"Sephardim in America: Why Don't They Write More?"
American Jewish Archives, November 1987.

"The Influence of National Background on Sephardic
Immigrants to the United States," Midstream, Spring

"Teaching Ethnic Literature," Utica College Occasional Papers
II, Fall 1985.

"Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and  Toni Morrison's Sula: A Comparison," MELUS, Fall 1985.