Texas Tech University

Matthew Hunter

Matt Hunter

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Yale

I'm an early modernist with an interest in the poetry and drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My research and teaching are particularly focused on uncovering the unlikely effects that textual coherence has on the world, whether it is in a poem or a conversation or a lived environment. I am currently completing a manuscript of my first book, Stranger Styles, which draws on social theory, formalist poetics, and linguistic anthropology in order to show how early modern plays cultivate widely different styles of talk as instruments playgoers can use in establishing various forms of stranger sociability in the newly public world of early modern London. A second project will turn from style to the the theatrical and poetic production of atmosphere in early modern literature. At Texas Tech, I have taught courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and social theory.


  • "Talk That Talk: Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and the Seductions of a Form" (forthcoming in Representations)
  • "The Roaring Girl and the Rise of Celebrity," (in preparation for Publicity and The Early Modern Stage, eds. Allison K. Deutermann and Musa Gurnis (Palgrave))
  • "The Ironies of Style," Los Angeles Review of Books (November 9th, 2017): https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-ironies-of-style/
  • "City Comedy, Public Style," English Literary Renaissance 46.3 (Autumn 2016), 401-432.
  • "Measure for Measure and the Problem of Style," English Literary History 83.2 (Summer 2016), 457-488.