Matthew Schratz

MA in the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Masters Program in the Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, New York, NY 2011
BA in English and Philosophy, Williams College, Williamstown MA, 2007
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Co-director of the Writing Center (2015-present)
Graduate Representative (2013-2015)

Research Interests

Twentieth and twenty-first century American fiction; depictions of labor in the novel; writing pedagogy


"The American Novel at Work, 1964-2009"

Primary Advisor

Professor Caren Irr


"Leontes's Madness in The Winter's Tale." Presented as guest lecturer to Prof. Flesch's Shakespeare class, December 2015.

"Making a Difference: Statistical Reading in David Foster Wallace." Presented and workshopped at the Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. June 2015.

"Donald Barthelme, Seriatim." Presented at CUNY Conference on Seriality, New York, NY. April 2015.

"Everything Was Not Going to Have Been OK: Kalfus and the 9/11 Novel." Presented at SUNY Buffalo Comparative Literature Conference. Amherst, NY. April 2015.

"Peripeteia in Harlem: Ann Petry's The Street." Presented at Melodrama Graduate Conference, Brandeis University, Waltham MA. February 2015.

"Acknowledgement, Incorporation and Storytelling in The Broom of the System." Presented at the First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference. Bloomington, IL. May 2014.


Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, 2016

Frankel Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2015

Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, Brandeis University, 2014

School of Criticism and Theory Tuition Scholarship, Cornell University, 2014

Artie Bruce Ross Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2014-2016

Courses Taught

University Writing Seminar -- Writing the University (Spring 2016)

University Writing Seminar -- Cold War Fictions (Fall 2014 and Spring 2016)

(TF) Shakespeare, Professor William Flesch (Fall 2015)

(TF) Introduction to Literary Studies, Professor Paul Morrison (Fall 2015)

(TF) Bollywood, Professor Ulka Anjaria (Spring 2013, Spring 2015)

(TF) Love Poetry from Sappho to Neruda, Professor Ramie Targoff (Fall 2014)

(TF) Poetry: A Basic Course, Professor John Burt (Spring 2014)

(TF) Philosophical Approaches to Film Theory, Professor William Flesch (Spring 2014)

(TF) Fiction: A Basic Course, Professor Caren Irr (Fall 2013)

(TF) Classic Hollywood Cinema, Professor Paul Morrison (Fall 2013)

Favorite Work

Henry James, "The Ambassadors"

Marilynne Robinson, "Housekeeping"