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Matthew Green

Associate Professor in English Literature, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

Qualifications: BA (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of Leeds)

Areas of Expertise:

Key Genres and Media: Text and image (from illuminated poetry to graphic novels); the Gothic (including literature, popular culture, film, television and graphic novels); the novel (eighteenth-century to present); epic and narrative poetry; science fiction.

Authors / Artists Theorists: I have published on William Blake, Judith Butler, Lord Byron, Jacques Derrida, Ben Okri, Alan Moore, Paul Ricoeur, Salman Rushdie and others; I have additional research interests in Iain M. Banks, Warren Ellis, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Grant Morrison, Bryan Talbot and many others working in the areas listed above and below.

Movements and Modes of Practice: Adaptation and Cultural Inheritance; Graphic Novels and Comics Studies; Critical Theory; Romanticism; the Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment; Judaeo-Christian Mysticism and Exegesis; Empiricism and the History of Science.

Research Summary

My overarching interests concern cultural inheritance and the place of literature and art within the wider community. Currently I am researching and publishing on:

  • Adaptation and Appropriation in the works of William Blake and Alan Moore
  • The combination of text and image in different media
  • Literature and Terror (concerning the intersection of politics and the Gothic)
  • Byron and Politics

Previously, I have published on:

  • Literature and Pscyhology
  • Judaeo-Christian Mysticism
  • New Literatures in English
  • Empiricism and Radical Protestantism in the Enlightenment

I passionately believe that literature and related arts make considerable contributions to our communities and am especially interested in the ways in which the works and ideas of the past not only underpin much of what we do and think, but also can yield fresh insight regarding contemporary issues. My research thus considers the intersection of literature, art and critical theory from the eighteenth century through to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the works of William Blake and those artists, writers and theorists who have engaged with his work. I have related interests in Gothic literature and media, as well as in the poetry of Lord Byron, particularly with regard to the intersection of politics and terror in his work.

Recent Publications

  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, 2016. '"Everything's interconnected": Anarchy, ecology and sexuality in Lost Girls and Swamp Thing. In: JUDE ROBERTS and ESTHER MACCALLUM-STEWART, eds., Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond boy wizards and kick-ass chicks Routledge. 97-116
  • CHAN, DEAN, GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., MURRAY, CHRISTOPHER and WILLIAMS, PAUL, 2015. The Place of Comics on English Degrees Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 5(1), (In Press.)
  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, 2015. '"I don't see what good a book is without pictures or conversations": Imaginary Worlds and Intertextuality in Alice in Wonderland and Alice in Sunderland'. In: STEPHEN E. TABACHNICK and ESTHER BENDIT SALTSMAN, eds., Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works McFarland & Company. 110-126
  • GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., ed., 2013. Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition Manchester University Press.
  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, 2016. '"Everything's interconnected": Anarchy, ecology and sexuality in Lost Girls and Swamp Thing. In: JUDE ROBERTS and ESTHER MACCALLUM-STEWART, eds., Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond boy wizards and kick-ass chicks Routledge. 97-116
  • CHAN, DEAN, GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., MURRAY, CHRISTOPHER and WILLIAMS, PAUL, 2015. The Place of Comics on English Degrees Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 5(1), (In Press.)
  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, 2015. '"I don't see what good a book is without pictures or conversations": Imaginary Worlds and Intertextuality in Alice in Wonderland and Alice in Sunderland'. In: STEPHEN E. TABACHNICK and ESTHER BENDIT SALTSMAN, eds., Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works McFarland & Company. 110-126
  • GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., ed., 2013. Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition Manchester University Press.
  • GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., 2013. Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition. In: GREEN, MATTHEW J.A., ed., Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition Manchester University Press.
  • GREEN, M.J.A., 2013. A darker magic: heterocosms and bricolage in Moore’s recent reworkings of Lovecraft. In: GREEN, M.J.A., ed., Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition Manchester University Press. 253-275
  • GREEN, M.J.A., 2012. The end of the world. That’s a bad thing right?: form and function from William Blake to Alan Moore. In: CLARK, S., CONNOLLY, T. and WHITTAKER, J., eds., Blake 2.0: William Blake in twentieth-century art, music and culture Palgrave Macmillan. 175-186
  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, 2011. “That lifeless thing the living fear:” Freedom, Community and the Gothic Body in The Giaour. In: PIYA PAL-LAPINSKI AND MATTHEW J.A. GREEN, ed., Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror Palgrave. 15-32
  • MATTHEW J.A. GREEN and PIYA PAL-LAPINSKI, eds., 2011. Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror Palgrave.
  • GREEN, M.J.A., 2008. Voices in the wilderness: satire and sacrifice in Blake and Byron The Byron Journal. 36(2), 117-130
  • GREEN, M.J., 2007. 'This Angel, who is now become a Devil, is my particular Friend': diabolic friendships and oppositional interrogation in Blake and Rushdie. In: CLARK, S. and WHITTAKER, J., eds., Blake, modernity and popular culture Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 127-150
  • GREEN, M.J.A., 2007. Blake, Darwin and the promiscuity of knowing: rethinking Blake’s relationship to the Midlands Enlightenment British Journal for Eighteenth-century Studies. 30(2), 193-208
  • GREEN, M.J., 2005. Visionary materialism in the early works of William Blake: the intersection of enthusiasm and empiricism Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • GREEN, M.J., 2005. Johann Kaspar Lavater. In: CLARK, R., ed., The Literary Encyclopedia [online] The Literary Dictionary Company.
  • GREEN, M.J., 2005. Erasmus Darwin. In: CLARK, R, ed., The Literary Encyclopedia [online] The Literary Dictionary Company.
  • GREEN, M.J., 1999. A Hard Day's Knight: A Discursive Analysis of Jeannette Armstrong's Slash Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 19, 51-67

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