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Matthew Wilson Smith



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Matthew Wilson Smith

Associate Professor of German Studies and Theater & Performance Studies

Matthew Wilson Smith has previously held professorships at Cornell University and Boston University as well as visiting positions at Columbia University and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (Mainz).  His interests include modern theatre and performance, modernism and mass media, and relations among technology, science, and the arts.  His current book project, The Nervous Stage: 19th-century Neuroscience and the Birth of Modern Theatre, explores historical intersections between the performing arts and the neurological sciences and traces the construction of a “neural subject” over the course of the nineteenth century.  It is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017.  His previous book, The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace (Routledge, 2007), presents a history and theory of the Gesamtkunstwerk in relation to technology and mass culture, placing such diverse figures as Wagner, Moholy-Nagy, Brecht, Riefenstahl, Disney, Warhol, and contemporary cyber-artists within a genealogy of totalizing performance.  He is the editor of Georg Büchner: The Major Works, which appeared as a Norton Critical Edition in 2011.  His co-edited essay collection, Modernism and Opera, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016.


B.A. Brown University, 1993
M.A. University of Chicago, 1995
M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University 2002