Stephen Matterson delivers a presentation at the Salzburg Global Seminar during the American Studies Alumni Association 2010 Symposium. This meeting was held in honor of Emory Elliott, and was entitled "American Literary History in a New Key".
Matterson focuses on the afterlife of F. O. Matthiessen's, American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman (1941). Once a widely accepted scholarly text on American Literature, which gradually fell out of favor, perhaps due to the book's obvious exclusions, but also due to the modern trend of increasingly exploring diversity when studying American literature.
Histories can provide "A Meaning" and not "The Meaning".
Stephen Matterson teaches American literature at Trinity College, University of Dublin, where he is an associate professor and a fellow of the college. He currently teaches courses in American literature, poetry, and American autobiography.
His research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, poetry,
literature and race, literary nationalism, and the writings of Herman Melville. He has published widely on many aspects of American literature and culture, including American Literature: The Essential Glossary (2002).
He is treasurer of the EAAS and EAAS Board
member for the Irish Association of American Studies.