Dr Daniel Matore

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I am currently Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Royal Holloway and my research and teaching specialisms principally lie within Modern and Contemporary Literature, American Literature, African-American Literature, and Comparative Literature. My first monograph The Graphics of Verse: Experimental Typography in Twentieth-Century Poetry (Oxford University Press, under contract) argues that poetry radically adopted typography as a means of expression in the twentieth century and examines the work of Ezra Pound, Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, E.E. Cummings, David Jones, and Hope Mirrlees amongst many others. Using little-known archival materials, it traces the genesis of this spatial poetry from draft to proof, and contends that poets became composite figures, annexing the work of designers, compositors, and publishers. It argues that typographic experiment is entrammelled in the advent of free verse, racial politics, and ophthalmology amongst other preoccuptions. I am currently researching the narratology of post-war fiction and the nouveau roman, particularly the work of Samuel Beckett, Natalie Sarraute, B.S. Johnson, and Alain Robbe-Grillet and I have just completed an article on the work of the British novelist Ann Quin, entitled 'Living Arrangements: Mise-En-Scene in the Fiction of Ann Quin'. I am also researching the influence of Plato and Hellenism on twentieth-century writers, particularly Wallace Stevens, Iris Murdoch, and Derek Walcott, as well as notation and style in the poetry of Amiri Baraka. 

I read for a BA in English at Homerton College, Cambridge from 2008-2011, where I won the Betha Wolferstan Rylands Prize, and graduated with a double first. I proceeded to complete my MPhil in Criticism and Culture at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a Distinction and specialising in the work of Gertrude Stein, Basil Bunting, and Ezra Pound. My DPhil, funded by the AHRC and supervised by Prof. Rebecca Beasley, was awarded by the University of Oxford in 2017. I worked at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon between 2012 and 2013 as a lecteur d’anglais, where I supervised French undergraduates on a variety of modern British and American writers and gave classes on literary translation. In 2015, I was awarded a Joan Nordell Fellowship at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. This fellowship led to me being commissioned by academics at the Editorial Institute at Boston University to contribute a chapter on modernism and punctuation for a multivolume book entitled Punctuation in English, which is under consideration at Cambridge University Press. I am the Editor of the Cambridge Humanities Review, and I have recently published articles in journals such as Textual Practice and Modernism/ modernity

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