Matthew Wilkens works on contemporary literary and cultural production with particular emphasis on the development of the novel after World War II. His recently completed book, Revolution: The Event in Modern Fiction, combines these interests with related theoretical issues including allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and ‘60s. His articles on 20th-century literature have appeared in Contemporary Literature, New Literary History, and Theory@buffalo, among other outlets. His current research concerns very recent fiction and the evolution of late postmodernism in writers including David Foster Wallace, J.M. Coetzee, Rivka Galchen, and Uzodinma Iweala.
An Impossible Number of Books: Matthew L. Jockers's "Macroanalysis"
Into this uncertain scene comes an important new volume by Matthew Jockers, offering yet another headword (“macroanalysis,” by analogy to macroeconomics) and a range of quantitative studies of 19th-century fiction....