Professor Stephen Matthews

Oxford Brookes University

Stephen MatthewsSteven Matthews is Professor of English at Oxford Brookes University, and Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Arts and Humanities. He has an MA from Cambridge University, and a D Phil from the University of York. His research has mainly centred upon modernism and upon twentieth-century Irish, British and American poetry, particularly upon the conflicting influences upon poetry across the century. These concerns, together with a continuing preoccupation with the relationship between literature, history and politics, came together in his Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation. The Evolving Debate, 1969 to the Present (Macmillan, 1997).

He is also co-editor of Rewriting the Thirties: Modernism and After (Longman, 1997). His Yeats as Precursor appeared from Macmillan in 2000; a study of the writing of the Australian poet Les Murray for Manchester U.P. Contemporary World Writers Series appeared in 2001. Steven Matthews has edited the Contexts series of monographs addressing the major periods of English Literature in the light of recent ideas about historicism, for Arnold, to which he has contributed the volume on Modernism (2004). He is also currently editor of the Sourcebooks series for Palgrave, and his volume on Modernism appeared in June 2008. He is currently completing a study of influence in T.S. Eliot's poetry.

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