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 food studies. 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, Poetry and Critical Theory)

  • Colonial Trauma, Karima Lazuli (Polity Press, Forthcoming).
  • Resolutely Black: Conversations with Fraonçoise Vergès, Aimé Césaire (Polity Press, 2020).
  • 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).

Reviews

  • “Rachel Gavin, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945.” SubStance, Forthcoming, November, 2019.

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

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111
815-753-1501
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