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Matthew Smith

Research Interests

My teaching and research interests include translation studies and practice, contemporary French and Francophone culture, comparative poetics, world literature, film studies and the sociology of culture. I am also a literary translator.

In addition to teaching a variety of courses on French and Francophone culture, translation and French language and conversation, I am also co-directing a summer study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence, France with my colleague Shannon Becker (sbecker@niu.edu). Please email one of us or the study abroad office (niuabroad@niu.edu) for more information.

Selected Publications

Book Translations (Prose Fiction and Poetry)

  • Saying Poetry & Sleep, Jacques Roubaud (La Presse, Forthcoming).
  • Seven String Quartets, Frédéric Forte (La Presse, 2014).
  • The Truth about Marie, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Champaign. IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2011).
  • Running Away, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Champaign. IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2009).
  • Camera, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Champaign. IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008).

* Reviews of these translations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, Bookforum and Chicago Review, among others.

Articles

  • “To France and Back: New Circuits in American Poetry.” Postmodern Culture (May 2015).

Assistant Professor
Office: WH 314
msmith6@niu.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, French
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, French
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, French and Comparative Literature