Assistant Professor of English
Matthew Wilkens works on contemporary literary and cultural production with particular emphasis on the development of the novel after World War II. His recently completed book, Revolution: The Event in Modern Fiction, combines these interests with related theoretical issues including allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and '60s. His articles on twentieth-century literature have appeared in Contemporary Literature, NLH, and Post45, among other outlets. His current research concerns very recent fiction and the evolution of late postmodernism in writers including David Foster Wallace, J.M. Coetzee, Rivka Galchen, and Uzodinma Iweala.
Professor Wilkens also works extensively with new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis. His digital projects range from mapping the literary landscape of the American nineteenth century to identifying patterns of allegorical writing across several centuries to evaluating the convergence of international style in the age of globalization. He currently serves as president of the Digital Americanists society.
CDT 30380 Text Mining the Novel