Matthew Smith - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures

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Matthew Smith


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, French
MA, University of California, Berkeley, French
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, French and Comparative Literature

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.

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).

Teaching at NIU:

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 Dr. Shannon Becker (sbecker@niu.edu). Please email one of us or the study abroad office (niuabroad@niu.edu) for more information.

Email: msmith6@niu.edu
Watson Hall 314