Wesleyan portrait of Matthew Carl Garrett

Matthew Carl Garrett

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 309

Chair, English

Associate Professor, American Studies


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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 venues. Garrett's current book project, "Reading Is Theft: Literature and the Culture of Property," examines the history and ethics of reading since the sixteenth century. From 2014 to 2021, he directed Wesleyan's Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. He is co-president of the Wesleyan University Chapter of the AAUP.

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Fall 2022: Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.


Fall 2022
ENGL 303 - 01
Narrative Theory

Spring 2023
ENGL 258 - 01
New World Poetics