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Professor Steven Matthews – University of Reading

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Professor Steven Matthews

Professor Steven Matthews
Job Title:
Professor in English Literature (Modernism)
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Areas of Interest

Research groups / Centres


My primary research interests are in modernism and its aftermaths, and in modern and contemporary British, Irish, and American poetries. I also publish on Samuel Beckett, Thirties writing, and post-colonial poetry.

Recent major publications include

Samuel Beckett's 'Philosophy Notes', co-edited with Matthew Feldman, Oxford University Press, 2020.

On Magnetism (poems) Two Rivers Press, 2017

Ceaseless Music: Sounding Wordworth's The Prelude, Bloomsbury 2017

T.S. Eliot and the Early Modern Literature, Oxford University Press (2013).

Skying (poems), Waterloo Press, 2012.

Modernism: A Sourcebook, Palgrave, 2008.

Editorial Roles

Series editor: Contexts in Literature, Arnold and OUP. 6 volumes, 2004-06.

Series editor: Sourcebooks for Literature, Palgrave, 6 volumes, 2008-10.

Member of editorial board: Historicizing Modernism, Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Member of editorial board: Modernism and the Archive, Bloomsbury Academic Press.


Within the department I teach courses on Modernism, Samuel Beckett (undergraduate and M.A.), American literature, and modern and contemporary British poetries.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised to completion PhD students on topics including Samuel Beckett; contemporary American fiction; contemporary Irish poetry; Kafka and Babel; contemporary American womens' poetry; modernist poetries and poetics; H.D.; Mina Loy. My former PhD students are now employed at the various universities, including Leicester, Lancaster, Northampton and Teeside

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