Theodore Martin

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Associate Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2011, English

Email: theodore.martin@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
352 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
20th- and 21st-Century Fiction; Popular Genres; Literary History; Literary and Cultural Theory; Literature and Society; Literature and Crime
Academic Distinctions
Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW Madison, System Fellow, 2015
National Humanities Center, Summer Institute in Literary Studies Fellowship, 2013
Center for American Literary Studies, Penn State, First Book Institute Fellowship, 2013
Center for 21st-Century Studies, UW Milwaukee, Faculty Fellow, 2012-2013
Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley, Dissertation Fellow, 2010-11
Research Abstract
My first book Contemporary Drift (Columbia UP, 2017; part of the Literature Now series) shows how the formal transformations of popular genres give us a conceptual vocabulary for explaining what it means to be contemporary. You can read the introduction to Contemporary Drift here. Here's an interview I did about the book. I'm currently at work on a new book project tentatively titled "American Literature's War on Crime."
Publications
 
ARTICLES
"Crime Fiction and Black Criminality," American Literary History, 30.4 (Winter 2018)

"Contemporary, Inc.," Representations, 142.1 (Spring 2018): 124-144.

"Temporality and Literary Theory," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

“No Uncertain Terms,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 49.2 (Summer 2016): 393-397

“The Currency of the Contemporary,” in Postmodern/Postwar—and After, ed. Jason Gladstone, Andrew Hoberek, and Daniel Worden (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2016), 227-240

“The Dialectics of Damage: Art, Form, Formlessness,” nonsite #18 (Winter 2016)

“The Long Wait: Timely Secrets of the Contemporary Detective Novel,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 45.2 (Summer 2012), special issue, “The Contemporary Novel: Imagining the Twenty-First Century”: 165-183

“The Privilege of Contemporary Life: Periodization in the Bret Easton Ellis Decades,” Modern Language Quarterly 71.2 (June 2010): 153-174
 
Last updated
10/17/2018