Faculty Profile: Matthew Hart

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature


Matt Hart specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century English literatures, with an emphasis on modernism, poetry, contemporary writing, and literary theory. He is also interested in connections between literature and the visual arts and between literary history and political history. Recent classes have included “Late Modernism,” “Black British Literature,” “Contemporary Literature and the Contemporary Critic,” “Literary Geographies,” “Late, Untimely, Uneven,” and a seminar on modernism and aesthetic autonomy, “What is Art For?”


Matt's publications include Nations of Nothing But Poetry (Oxford U. P., 2010/2013) and, with Jim Hansen, Contemporary Literature and the State, a Special Issue of Contemporary Literature (2008). His new projects include a book, Extraterritorial: A Political Geography of Contemporary Fiction, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, and, with David Alworth, a special issue of ASAP/Journal, Site Specificity Without Borders (Fall 2017). Recent essays on contemporary literature and art are out or forthcoming in Criticism, Modern Fiction Studies, NOVEL: A Forum on FictionPublic BooksThe Oxford History of the Novel, and The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction, 1945-2010. His collaborative interviews with novelists Tom McCarthy and Rachel Kushner are featured in Contemporary Literature, which journal Matt served from 2008-2015 as Associate Editor for British and Anglophone Literature.


In addition to his teaching and writing, Matt is Founding Co-Editor (with David James and Rebecca L. Walkowitz) of the Columbia University Press book series, Literature Now; the current Second Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association; and a former President of A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Civilization