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.