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Matthew Carl Garrett

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 309

Associate Professor, American Studies

Coordinator, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory


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BA Bard College
MA Stanford University
MPHIL Cambridge University
PHD Stanford University

Matthew Carl Garrett

Matthew Garrett's writing and teaching concern the relationship between literary form and social history. He is the author of Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2014) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory (2018), and his essays have appeared in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, ELH, the Journal of Cultural Economy, Radical History Review, and other journals. Garrett's current book project, "Reading Is Theft," examines the history and ethics of reading since the sixteenth century. At Wesleyan, he directs the Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.

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Office Hours

Office hours for ENGL 203 (American Literature) students: Wednesday 11am-12pm by appointment only.

Office hours for ENGL 303 (Narrative Theory) students: Monday 4:15-5:15pm by appointment only.

Office hours for the Theory Certificate, general advising, and other matters: Friday 11am-12pm by appointment only.

Make appointments via email (mcgarrett@wesleyan.edu).


Fall 2018
ENGL 203 - 01
Am Lit: Colonial to Civil War

ENGL 303 - 01
Narrative Theory

Spring 2019
ENGL 209 - 01
Seduction to Civil War

ENGL 359 - 01
Criticism and Marxism