Director of American Literary Studies
American Literary Studies
Matthew Hofer writes about and teaches courses on English-language poetry and poetics, especially formally innovative and experimental work in the tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and William Carlos Williams. He edits, for UNM Press, the series Recencies: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics, serves on the editorial board of the annual 1913: A Journal of Forms, and is a consulting editor for the chapbook series Voices from the American Land. He has written extensively on modernist poetry and the public sphere, and is currently working on a book-length manuscript on “spareness” in twentieth-century poetry. He has edited volumes on Ed Dorn (2013), Sinclair Lewis (2012), and Oscar Wilde (2009), and has guest edited a special issue of The Langston Hughes Review (2010). His articles have appeared in such journals as Modernism/Modernity, New German Critique, Contemporary Literature, and Paideuma. He has also contributed chapters to many edited volumes, including The Cambridge History of American Poetry (“Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and the East Coast Projectivists”),The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry (“Contemporary Critical Trends”), Ezra Pound in Context (“Education”), and American Literary Scholarship (two chapters on poetry, 1900-1945, and four on T. S. Eliot).