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Biography

Matthew Leggatt is Lecturer in English and American Literature. He is author of the monograph Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror (Routledge, 2017), 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 are an edited collection of essays about nostalgia in contemporary film and television along with longer term work on 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.

Publications

Monographs

Cultural and Political Nostalgia in the Age of Terror: The Melancholic Sublime (Routledge, 2017).

Journal Articles

“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.

Book Chapters

“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

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.

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