Visiting Assistant Professor of English
B.A. Millsaps College
M.A., Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Office: Carolina Inn 200 Ext: 2870
email: Matthew Luter
Matthew Luter teaches courses in American literature, Southern literature, and first-year writing. His research in contemporary American and Southern fiction focuses on relationships between literary culture and popular culture, as well as the role of history in contemporary fiction. Other scholarly interests include postmodern fiction, American film and mass media, and American drama. His dissertation traced representations of celebrity characters and the culture of fame in works by American writers including Don DeLillo, Bret Easton Ellis, David Foster Wallace, and Bobbie Ann Mason. He is now at work on Understanding Jonathan Lethem, a book under contract to the University of South Carolina Press's Understanding Contemporary American Literature series. Additionally, a project on metafiction and the South is in the early stages.
Recent and forthcoming peer-reviewed publications:
"The Multiply Framed Narratives of Ellen Douglas's Can't Quit You, Baby." Forthcoming in The Southern Literary Journal.
"Resisting the Devouring Neon: Hysterical Crowds and Self-Abnegating Art in Don DeLillo's Great Jones Street." Critique 53.1 (2011): 16-29.
"Southwest Toward Home: Willie Morris as Perennial Outsider, Texas as Transitional Space." Mississippi Quarterly 63.1 (2010): 101-118.
"More Than a Vast Avant-Pop Wasteland: Tom Carson's Gilligan's Wake, Television, and American Historical Fiction." Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 42.3/4 (2009): 21-39.
Courses for Fall 2012:
WRI 101, Writing About Pop Music
ENG 280, American Literature to 2000
ENG 395, Contemporary Southern Gothics [independent study]
Courses Recently Taught:
WRI 101, Telling About the South
ENG 281, Literature of the American South
ENG 386, 20th c. American Fiction (and the Popular)
ENG 386, 20th c. American Fiction (and History)