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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

CPE Instructor


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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: Literature and the Culture of Property," 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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Mondays 4:30-5:30pm, by appointment. Contact Professor Garrett via email to schedule a meeting.


Spring 2021
ENGL 258 - 01
New World Poetics

ENGL 327 - 01
Criticism and Psychoanalysis

ENGL 327O - 01
Criticism and Psychoanalysis

Fall 2021
ENGL 201Q - 01
Ways of Reading: Text