PUBLICATIONS

Matthew is an award-winning bestselling author of nonfiction. Matthew specializes in exploring the intersection of the arts, storytelling, and pop culture. He has published numerous books, volume chapters, and journal articles with over half a dozen international publishing companies.

 

Matthew's recent works have earned multiple writing awards and recognitions including a 2021 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD (Music Category)2020 NFAA GOLD AWARD (Nonfiction Authors Association), a 2020 BIBA BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction Category), a 2020 LITERARY TITAN SILVER AWARD, and a pending nomination for the 2021 ARSC AWARD (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), as well as AMAZON BEST SELLER book rankings in both Kindle and Paperback formats (including Top 10, Top 30, Top 50, and Top 100 category rankings).

 

Matthew's writings offer readers educational, entertaining, and accessible approaches to such fascinating topics as Disney, comic books, film, broadway, fairy tales, jazz, horror, greek mythology, classical music, animation, and more!

BOOKS

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Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse:

A History of Jazz and Disney

FOREWORD BY EMMY-NOMINATED COMPOSER DON DINICOLA 

This award-winning best-selling book details the fascinating true stories behind Disney's historic works with pioneering music artists -- sure to entertain and inspire both Disney fans and music lovers alike!

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Exploring the Macabre, Malevolent, and Mysterious

CO-EDITED WITH DR. ELIZABETH KUSKO

This academic collection of scholars spanning diverse areas discuss cultural fascinations and impacts regarding horror-related subject matter, including monsters, zombies, witches, voodoo, serial killers, vampires, cemeteries, films, spiritualism, and much more!   

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Gotham City Sounds:

The Music of Batman Villains

FOREWORD BY DC & MARVEL COMICS ARTIST JAY LEISTEN

Why should Batman's music get all the glory? This unique book shines a fascinating spotlight on Gotham City's infamous villains and the music that helps bring their twisted psychologies to life. COMING IN 2021!

BOOK CHAPTERS

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The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies

EDITED BY LAUREN DUNDES

Is Disney guilty of westernizing music? Matthew Hodge's chapter explores the presence of musical westernization within Disney World -- with a specific focus on musical representations of 'world' music heard in EPCOT's nighttime entertainment.

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Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Media Fandom

EDITED BY ROBERT ANDREW DUNN

Does music help fans relate to villains?

Matthew Hodge's chapter explores how the musical scores of on-screen Batman villains impact fan audiences. This chapter also serves as the inspiration for Matthew's latest upcoming book Gotham City Sounds

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Aestheticization of Violence, Horror, and Power

EDITED BY NUR M. ERDEM et al.

Does theatre violence ever go too far?

Matthew Hodge's chapter dives into the responsibility of aesthetic ownership when executing theatrical imagery that disturbs audiences -- using the controversial play The Pillowman as a prime case study.

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"A Hero Will Endure": Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator

EDITED BY RACHEL L. CARZO

COMING 2021!

How much legacy can one film score leave? Matthew Hodge's chapter discusses the lasting impact of the famous score heard in the Academy Award-winning 2000 film Gladiator and how its popularity helped solidify Hans Zimmer as one of Hollywood's most influential composers.

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Mythological Equines

in Film

EDITED BY RACHEL L. CARZO

COMING 2022!

Beethoven, Pegasus, and Horse Crimes?

Matthew Hodge co-writes TWO  contributing chapters. One chapter interprets Disney's synchronization of Beethoven's music with animation in the 1940 film Fantasia, while the other chapter deconstructs staged symbolism in Peter Shaffer's 1973 play Equus.

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A Critical Companion to

Julie Taymor

EDITED BY PHILLIP GRAYSON

COMING 2022!

A superhero, an artistic genius, and a spider?

Matthew Hodge co-writes a contributing chapter that defends the vision of award-winning director Julie Taymor for her created Arachne character in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, arguably Taymor's most divisive and controversial production.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Read Matthew Hodge's articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals.