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
�Betwixt and Between�: The Place of the Governess in the Novel of the Long Nineteenth Century Philippa JANU
The Kantian Sublime in European Romantic Literature Nanda Jarosz JAROSZ
The 'Second Sex' and the City: Spectacle and The New Woman in New York City, 1880 - 1915 AND Dreamland: a novel Georgia MONAGHAN
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

PhD and master's project opportunities

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, 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]

Other

  • Sussman, M., Woods, L., Christoff, A. (2016), Collations: Book Forum on Elisha Cohn's 'Still Life: Suspended Development In The Victorian Novel'. [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., Woods, L., Christoff, A. (2016), Collations: Book Forum on Elisha Cohn's 'Still Life: Suspended Development In The Victorian Novel'. [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]

2015

2014

  • Sussman, M. (2014). Disambiguating Henry James. Arizona Quarterly, 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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