Theodore Martin

Associate Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2011, English


University of California, Irvine
352 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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20th- and 21st-Century Fiction; Popular Genres; Literary History; Literary and Cultural Theory; Literature and Society; Literature and Crime
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
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 BOOKS

Contemporary Drift: Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present (Columbia University Press, 2017)

"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

Interview on Columbia UP blog
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Last updated 06/29/2018