Texas Tech University

Matthew Hunter

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Yale

Dr. Hunter's research focuses on the social life of early modern drama. His current book project, Stranger Styles, explores the relationship between style and publicity in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Drawing upon rhetorical treatises, conversation manuals, commonplace books, and satires from the period, Stranger Styles shows how early modern plays present their varied styles of talk as scripts for interacting in the newly public word of early modern London.

His broader research interests include early modern poetry; rhetoric; the formation of genres; histories of taste and manners; and social theory. At Texas Tech, Dr. Hunter teachers courses on Shakespeare, Tudor and Stuart drama, and the politics of eloquence in early modern England.


  • "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.