Stephen Matterson 


Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland

PhD, professor

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Research Interests:

  • history of American literature
  • Race in American literature
  • literature of the American South
  • modern American poetry

Selected bibliography:


  1. 'Changing the Story': Popular Fiction Today. Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction, ed. Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018: 1-9.

  2. 'Whims & emergencies, discoveries, losses': The Poetry of John Berryman. American Poetry since 1945, ed. Eleanor Spencer. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017: 25-39.
  3. 'The room must evoke some ghosts': Tennessee Williams. The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic, ed. Susan Castillo Street and Charles L. Crow. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016: 379-390.

  4. American Modernism from the 1930s to the 1950s: Williams and Stevens to Black Mountain and the Beats A History of Modernist Poetry, ed. Lee M. Jenkins and Alex Davis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 341 - 358.

  5. Three beginnings - William Carlos Williams, and In the American Grain. Maintaining a Place Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature, ed. Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnuala Dillane. Dublin: UCD Press, 2014: 96 - 110.

  6. The Present Tense: Beneficent Anaesthesia in Anthony Hecht's Poetry. POST: A Review of Poetry Studies (online journal) V:1 (2014): 15-31.

  7. "The Whole Habit of the Mind': Stevens, Americanness and the Use of Elsewhere." The Wallace Stevens Journal 25:2 (2001).


  1. Melville: Fashioning in Modernity, 1st, London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

  2. Aberration in Modern Poetry. 1st, Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012. (with Lucy Collins)

  3. 'Forever Young'? The Changing Images of America, ed. P. Coleman and S. Matterson. Wittenberg, Germany, European Association of American Studies/Winter Publishers, Heidelberg, 2012.

  4. Studying Poetry. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2011. (with Darryl Jones)

  5. The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth, 2006.

  6. Rebound: The American Poetry Book. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 2004. (with Michael Hinds).

  7. American Literature: The Essential Glossary. London and New York: Arnold and Oxford UP, 2003.


  • Modern Language Association

  • Irish Association of American Studies

  • European Association of American Studies

  • Wallace Stevens Society