Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Matt Hart specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with an emphasis on modernism, poetry, and contemporary British fiction. He is also interested in connections between literature and the visual arts and between literary history and political history. Recent classes have focused on the question of Late Modernism, on Contemporary Black British Literature, and on rethinking the nation-state/transnationalism relation in contemporary writing and critical theory. Matt's publications include Nations of Nothing But Poetry and, with Jim Hansen, Contemporary Literature and the State, a Special Issue of the journal Contemporary Literatur. His as-yet-untitled new book project focuses on recent writers such as J. G. Ballard, Kazuo Ishiguro, Amitav Ghosh, and W. G. Sebald, especially upon the way their work emphasizes the fractured and pockmarked nature of present-day legal and political territoriality. Aspects of this project inform Hart's most recent publication, The Extraterritorial Poetics of W. G. Sebald, which was co-authored with his graduate student, Tania Lown-Hecht, and published in Modern Fiction Studies in the summer of 2012.