Matthew Leggatt is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for English Literature. He is author of the monograph Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror (Routledge, 2017), the forthcoming edited collection Was it Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television (SUNY Press, 2021) and several journal articles including Deflecting Absence: 9/11 Fiction and the Memorialization of Change and You’ve Gotta Keep the Faith: Making Sense of Disaster in Post 9/11 Apocalyptic Cinema. Matthew teaches primarily in the fields of 20th and 21st century culture, specialising in popular American literature, film, and television. He received his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2013 and has experience teaching English as a foreign language and English for Academic Purposes at the University of Southampton before he joined Winchester. His current research projects relate to utopian and dystopian fiction.
Areas of expertise
9/11, Terror, Nostalgia, Utopia and Dystopia, Postmodernism and Modernism, 20th and 21st Century American Popular Culture, Literature, Film, and Television.
Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror: The Melancholic Sublime (Routledge, 2018).
Was it Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television (SUNY Press, 2021).
"'Another World Just out of Sight': Remembering or Imagining Utopia in Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven" Open Library of Humanities: Vol. 4.2 Aug 2018. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/olh.256
Deflecting Absence: 9/11 Fiction and the Memorialization of Change Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Journal: Vol. 18.2 June 2016.
"You’ve Gotta Keep the Faith: Making Sense of Disaster in Post 9/11 Apocalyptic Cinema" Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 19.2 Oct 2015.
"Introduction: History in Reverse," Was it Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television, ed. Matthew Leggatt, 1-11 (SUNY Press, 2021).
""Why Can't We Go Backwards, for Once?" Nostalgia, Utopia, and Science Fiction in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One," Was it Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television, ed. Matthew Leggatt, 179-195 (SUNY Press, 2021).
""We Delivered the Bomb": On Jaws, Guilt, and the Atomic Myth," The Jaws Book: New Perspectives on the Classic Summer Blockbuster, ed. IQ Hunter and Matt Melia, 161-172 (Bloomsbury, 2020).
Melancholic and Hungry Games: Post 9/11 Cinema and the Culture of Apocalypse, Popping Culture 7th Edition, ed. Murray Pomerance and John Sakeris, (Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2012).
Recent Conference/Symposium Papers
SCMS annual conference (online), A Stranger Sort of Nostalgia: Texture, Prosthesis, and Politics, March, 2021.
SCMS annual conference, Toronto, CA. "Utopia and Matriarchy in an Exhausted Future: Ben Wheatley's High-Rise (2015), March, 2018.
Symposium on Terror, War, and Trauma (London). Panel chair and gave paper: The Architecture of Terror: From the Rubble of the World Trade Center to the Ruins of Palmyra, May 18, 2017.
SCMS annual conference, Chicago, IL. Panel chair and gave paper: Cold War Nostalgia in Contemporary Television Series (and why it’s not all just politics), March 22, 2017.
JAWS symposium at De Montfort University, Leicester. Staring into those Black Eyes: Jaws and Nostalgia for the Mechanical Sublime 17/6/2015.
SCMS annual conference, Boston, MA. The Culture of Apocalypse in Post 9/11 Cinema, March 25, 2012.Staff Directory