Dr Matthew Sussman

BA (Harvard), M.Phil (Cambridge), MA (Harvard), PhD (Harvard)
Lecturer in English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1204

Biographical details

My main research area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular focus on the ethics and aesthetics of prose. I have written on literary style in the novel; on virtue theory in modern moral philosophy; and on Victorian artistic and cultural criticism. Before coming to Sydney, I was a Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard, where I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, I hold an M.Phil in Contemporary European Studies from Cambridge (on the history and politics of the European Union) and was once a policy analyst for the Government of Canada.

Research interests

  • British literature and culture, 1800-1914
  • Philosophy of literature
  • Style and rhetoric

Teaching and supervision

Some of the units I currently teach are:

  • ENGL2665: The Victorian Novel,
  • ENLG6102: Approaches to Critical Reading, and
  • ENGL6995: Henry James and the Art of Fiction.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Place of the Governess in the Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman Philippa JANU
Dutch Technique: Comic books, discourse and Vendanta Jan SCHERPENHUIZEN

Current projects

  • Stylistic Virtue in Victorian Fiction
  • Henry James and Stupidity

Awards and honours

  • 2014, Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for senior thesis advising (History and Literature)
  • 2009, Francis James Child Prize for Excellence in Teaching (English)
  • 2008-09 (won three times) Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Sussman, M. (2017). Optative Form in Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 71(4), 485-515. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2016). On the Uses of Nietzsche's "Uses". b2o: An Online Journal, 1(2), 1-3. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2016). Review of Frederik van Dam, 'Anthony Trollope's Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form'. The Review of English Studies, 67(282), 1016-1018. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2015). Henry James and Stupidity. Novel, 48(1), 45-62. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2014). Disambiguating Henry James. Arizona Quarterly: a journal of American literature, culture and theory, 70(4), 1-23. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2014). Stylistic Virtue in Nineteenth-Century Criticism. Victorian Studies, 56(2), 225-249. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2013). Trollope's Honesty. SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 53(4), 877-895. [More Information]

2017

  • Sussman, M. (2017). Optative Form in Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 71(4), 485-515. [More Information]

2016

  • Sussman, M. (2016). On the Uses of Nietzsche's "Uses". b2o: An Online Journal, 1(2), 1-3. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2016). Review of Frederik van Dam, 'Anthony Trollope's Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form'. The Review of English Studies, 67(282), 1016-1018. [More Information]

2015

2014

  • Sussman, M. (2014). Disambiguating Henry James. Arizona Quarterly: a journal of American literature, culture and theory, 70(4), 1-23. [More Information]
  • Sussman, M. (2014). Stylistic Virtue in Nineteenth-Century Criticism. Victorian Studies, 56(2), 225-249. [More Information]

2013

  • Sussman, M. (2013). Trollope's Honesty. SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 53(4), 877-895. [More Information]

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