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 ( Please email one of us or the study abroad office ( 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.


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


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

Assistant Professor
Office: WH 314


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

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