Matthew Roberts

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Research Librarian for English, Comparative Literature, and Critical Theory

B.A., DePaul University, 2005, Philosophy
Ph.D., Emory University, 2013, Comparative Literature

Phone: (949) 824-8780

University of California, Irvine
109 Langson Library
Mail Code: 8100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Attic Tragedy, Modern European Drama, Postdramatic Theater, Deconstruction, Performance Studies, and Psychoanalysis
Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Vanishing Acts: Sarah Kane’s Texts for Performance and Postdramatic Theatre.” Modern Drama, Volume 58, No. 1, Spring 2015.

“From Pain, Poetry: Howard Barker and the Poetics of Plethoric Theater.” Comparative Drama, Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall 2014.
Conference Papers and Presentations (Forthcoming)

The 137th Annual Modern Language Convention. “Trauma and the Disembodied Voice in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes.” January 5th-8th, 2017. Philadelphia, PA.

Conference Papers and Presentations

UCI Critical Theory Conference. “Morphing Memory: the Critical Theory Archive at UC Irvine.” May 22, 23, 2015. The University of California, Irvine. Irvine, CA

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. “Ajax in America, or Catharsis in the Time of Terror.” March 26-29, 2015. The University of Washington. Seattle, WA

Pinter Visions: A Symposium on the Work, Art, and Politics of Harold Pinter. "A Mother's Touch: the Law of Obsequence in Harold Pinter's Mountain Language.” October 31-November 1, 2014. Emory University. Atlanta, GA

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. “Transference and Difference: Freud, Irigaray, and the Ethics of Sexual Difference.” April 24-27, 2008. California State University-Long Beach. Long Beach, CA

The 127th Annual Modern Language Association. “Creating Space to Listen: Luce Irigaray and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis.” December 27-30, 2007. Chicago, IL

CUNY Comparative Literature Graduate Conference. “Extimacy and Exile in the Thought of Martin Heidegger.” November 3, 4, 2006. CUNY. New York, New York

Research Seminar Presentations

Lecture Series on Health and the Humanities. “On the Medicinal Properties of Theater.” October 23, 2014. Emory University. Atlanta, GA

Program for Human Health, Emory University. “Mere Images: Jacques Lacan and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis.” September 18, 2014. Emory University. Atlanta, GA

Emory University Comparative Literature Symposium. “Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis and the Melancholy of Performance.” February 4, 2012. Emory University. Atlanta, GA

Emory University Psychoanalytic Studies Symposium. “Playing Funny Games with Psychoanalysis, or What Jacques Lacan Still Offers Film Theory.” January 14, 2009. Emory University. Atlanta, GA

Short Stories

“Amnesty.” Tender Bloodsport. Atlanta: Deer Bear Wolf, 2015

Book Reviews

Boyers, Robert. The Fate of Ideas: Seductions, Appraisals, Betrayals. New York: Columbia, 2015. Choice. February 2016.

Hart, Jonathan. The Poetics of Otherness: War, Trauma, and Literature. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. Choice. December 2015.

McLeod, Charles. National Treasures. San Francisco: Outpost 19, 2012. “American Spleen: Charles McLeod’s National Treasures.” The Fanzine. January 22, 2013.


UCI Libraries “Through Discerning Eyes: Origins and Impact of Critical Theory at UCI.” April 2015-September 2015. The University of California, Irvine. Irvine, CA
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