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Matthew Scully focuses on multiethnic American literature, literary theory, film, and visual art. His book project, “Democratic Anarchy: Figures of Equality in United States Literature and Politics,” engages the anxious intersections of politics and aesthetics to develop a new theory of democratic equality in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture. 



B.A., McGill University
M.A., Tufts University
Ph.D., Tufts University


“The Triple Antagonist of the Police, Policing, and Policy"

CounterPunch (31 July 2020).

Review of Audrey Wasser’s The Work of Difference: Modernism, Romanticism, and the Production of Literary Form

SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, 48.1 (2019): 113-117

“The Power of the People,” Review of Scott Henkel’s Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas

sx salon: a small axe literary platform 29 (October 2018)

“Plasticity at the Violet Hour: Tiresias, The Waste Land, and Poetic Form”

JML: Journal of Modern Literature 41.3 (Spring 2018): 166-182.

Review of Philip Lorenz’s Tears of Sovereignty: Perspectives of Power in Renaissance Drama

MLN (Modern Language Notes) 129.5 (December 2014): 1238-1240.

“Musical Literature: Bridging the Gap between High and Low Art,” Review of T. Austin Graham’s The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, & the Value of Popular Culture

Twentieth-Century Literature 59.3 (Fall 2013): 504-512.