Associate Professor of English
Ruth and Paul Idzik Associate Professor in Digital Scholarship
Degrees: BS, College of William and Mary; MS, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of Wisconsin; PhD, Duke University
Specialty: Contemporary American fiction, digital humanities and computational literary studies
Matthew Wilkens works on contemporary literary and cultural production with particular emphasis on the development of the novel after World War II and on the digital humanities. His recent book, Revolution: The Event in Postwar Fiction (Johns Hopkins, 2016), combines these interests with related theoretical issues including allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and '60s. His articles on twentieth-century literature have appeared in Contemporary Literature, New Literary History, Post45, and Cultural Analytics, among other outlets.
Professor Wilkens works extensively with new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis. His digital projects range from mapping the large-scale literary landscape of multilingual fiction to identifying novelistic genres across several centuries to evaluating the convergence of international style in the age of globalization. Professor Wilkens's computational work has been published in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Comparative Literature, Debates in the Digital Humanities, and elsewhere. He currently serves as president of the Digital Americanists society, director of the NEH-sponsored Textual Geographies project, and co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Text Mining the Novel project.
- "Nation, Ethnicity, and the Geography of British Fiction, 1880-1940." CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics (2018). Coauthored with Elizabeth Evans.
- "The Perpetual Fifties of American Fiction." In Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture, ed. Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith. Johns Hopkins UP: 2017. 181-202.
- Revolution: The Event in Postwar Fiction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
- "Genre, Computation, and the Varieties of Twentieth-Century U.S. Fiction." CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics 1.2 (2016).
- "Is or Are: The 'United States' in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture" (cover article). Coauthored with Bryan Santin and Daniel Murphy. American Quarterly 68.1 (2016): 101-124.
- Digital Humanities and Irish Studies. Vol. 3 of Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies. 2015. Coeditor with Sonia Howell.
- "Digital Humanities and Its Application in the Study of Literature and Culture." Comparative Literature. Special section, "Empirical and Systemic Approaches to the Study of Literature and Culture," ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek. 67.1 (2015): 11-20.
- "The Geographic Imagination of Civil War-Era American Fiction." American Literary History 25.4 (2013): 803-40.
- "An Impossible Number of Books: Matthew L. Jockers's Macroanalysis." Los Angeles Review of Books (2013).
- "Contemporary Fiction by the Numbers." Post45 Contemporaries (2011).
- "Canons, Close Reading, and the Evolution of Method." Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
- "Nothing as He Thought It Would Be: William Gaddis and American Postwar Fiction." Contemporary Literature 51 (2010): 596-628.
Recent Honors, Awards, and Grants
- NEH Digital Implementation Grant, "Textual Geographies" (principal investigator, $325,000, 2016-18).
- ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, "Literary Geography at Scale" ($85,000, 2014-2015).
- Notre Dame Office of Research, Faculty Research Support Program Regular Grant, "Text Mining for Large-Scale Literary Geography" ($100,000, 2014-17).
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Partnership Grant, "Text Mining the Novel: Establishing the Foundations of a New Discipline" (co-investigator, $4.19 million, 2014-2020).
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural and Textual Analytics, Washington University in St. Louis (2010-2011).
- Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rice University (2008-2010).
- Nebraska Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Early Career Award (2009).
- ADHO Early Career Bursary (2009).
Department of English
Notre Dame, IN 46556