* This is an abbreviated version of my CV. Please contact me for a full vita: mjsmith [at] apu [dot] edu.
Books and Edited Volumes
Stage, Cathedral, Wagon, Street: Theatricality and Religion in Early Modern England (University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2018), as a dissertation, recipient of the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, Shakespeare Association of America, 2012.
Matthew J. Smith and Julia Reinhard Lupton, editors, The Face to Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philospophy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, forthcoming 2018)
Matthew J. Smith and Caleb D. Spencer, editors, Sincerity, special issue of Christianity & Literature, 67, no. 1 (2017).
Matthew J. Smith, editor, The Sacramental Text Reconsidered, special issue of Christianity & Literature 66, no. 3 (2017).
Refereed Articles and Chapters
“Shakespeare’s Bad Poetics: Festive Imagination in Cymbeline,” in Matthew J. Smith and Julia Reinhard Lupton, editors, The Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, forthcoming, 2018).
“Tragedy before Fear and Pity,” in Donald R. Wehrs, ed., Handbook to Affect Studies (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 391-412.
“w/Sincerity, Part 1: The Drama of the Will from Augustine to Milton,” in Sincerity, a special issue of Christianity & Literature 67, no. 1 (December 2017): page numbers TBD.
“Ballads+: Staging the Jig in Romeo and Juliet,” co-authored with Julia Lupton, in Patricia Fumerton, ed., Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Stage in Early Modern England (forthcoming, U of California Press; imprint of Early Modern Center, UC Santa Barbara, 2017).
“’la manière de Milton’: Baudelaire Reads Milton’s Satan,” in The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature, ed. Gregor Thuswaldner and Dan Russ (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 211-38.
(2017) “The Disincarnate Text: Un-sacramental Writing in Herbert, Paul, Williams, and Levinas,” Introduction to The Sacramental Text Reconsidered, a special issue of Christianity & Literature 66, no. 3 (June 2017): 363-84.
“The Idols of the King: Teaching Religion in Shakespeare’s Histories—Henry V,” in Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s History Plays, ed. Laurie Ellinghausen (Modern Language Association, 2017), pp. 67-74.
“God’s Idioms: Sermon Belief in Donne’s London,” English Literary Renaissance 44, no. 3 (2016): 93-128
“The Experience of Ceremony in Henry V,” Studies in English Literature 52, no. 2 (2014): 401-21. Republished in Shakespeare Criticism, vol. 173, ed. Lawrence Trudeau (Gale/Cengage, 2017).
“Describing the Sense of Confession in Hamlet,” in The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies, vol. 2, eds. Paul Cefalu, Gary Kuchar, and Bryan Reynolds (New York: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 165-84.
“‘the salarie of your lust’: Rethinking the Economics of Virtue in Massinger’s Plays,” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 26 (2013): 75-96.
“Phineas Fletcher,” The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, eds., A. Stewart, G. Sullivan, R. Lemon, J. Summit, N. McDowell (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012).
“Richard Corbett,” The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, eds., A. Stewart, G. Sullivan, R. Lemon, J. Summit, N. McDowell (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012).
Paul Kottman, Love as Human Freedom (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2017), forthcoming in Modern Language Quarterly, (2017).
(2017) Constance Furey, Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2017), forthcoming in Modern Philology (2017).
Blair Hoxby,What was Tragedy? Theory and the Early Modern Canon (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016) and Peter Holbrook, English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015), forthcoming in Shakespeare Quarterly (2017).
Kimberly Johnson, Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2014), in Religion & Literature 47, no. 2 (2016).
Kurt A. Schreyer, Shakespeare’s Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2014), in Speculum 90, no. 3 (2015): 851-52.
Virtual Paul’s Cross Project: A Digital Re-creation of John Donne’s Gunpowder Day Sermon. Website. John N. Wall, principle investigator. http:// http://vpcp.chass.ncsu.edu, in The Spenser Review 44.2.33 (2014).
Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2011), in Shakespeare Studies, volume 42 (2014): 301-09.
Julia Reinhard Lupton, Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2011), in English Studies, 94.4 (2013): 502-03.
Joel B. Altman, The Improbability of Othello: Rhetorical Anthropology and Shakespearean Selfhood (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2010), in Comparative Drama 45.4 (2011): 442-45.
Associate Editor, Christianity & Literature, 2015-present
Assistant Editor, Precedent, Practice, and Appropriation: The Old English Homily, ed. Aaron Kleist (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017).
“Shakespeare’s Bad Poetics: Festive Imagination in Cymbeline,” invited speaker at “Tragedy, Recognition, Conversion,” conference at Duke University, October 2017.
“Sincere Affects and the Affectation of Sincerity: The Example of Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” Invited participant in: “Early Modern States of Mind II,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, March 2017.
“Acts of Recognition: Facing Shakespeare’s Genre,” Conference on the “Face to Face” in Shakespearean Performance Studies. University of California, Irvine, February 2017.
“Staging the Jig in Romeo and Juliet,” Event: “Ending with Music,” Co-sponsored by UC Santa Barbara Early Modern Center and The Group for the Study of Early Cultures, UCI. U of California Irvine, January, 2016.
“Sounding Sermons: How Early Moderns Listened,” presentation organized by Bruce R. Smith, “Sound Studies,” University of Southern California, October, 2015.
“To the Tune of Tragedy: A Cautionary Tale of Shakespeare in Song and Dance,” Shakespeare Reimagined: Interpretations Across the Arts, Chapman University, April 2015.
“Wiggling with Shakespeare: The Theatricality of Power in Henry V,” Reed College, February 2015.
“Love and Lovesickness in Twelfth Night: Poetry, Medicine, Society, Theatrics,” The New Swan Shakespeare Festival, U of California, Irvine. August, 2014.
“The Phenomenologies of Confession in Hamlet,” w/ Shakespeare: a Multi-Campus Research Group, School of the Humanities, U of California, Irvine. February 2014.
“Using Early Modern Broadside Ballads to Theorize Audience Reception of Drama,” invited by Patricia Fumerton for lecture series on Ballads in Research. English Department, U of California, Santa Barbara, November 2013.
“Making the Transition to Assistant Professor,” USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, delivered to graduate students and postdocs at USC. March 9, 2013.
“The Birth of English Materialism: Descartes and Locke,” Torrey Honors College, Biola University, April 2009.
“Creating Successful Cumulative Reading Assignments in the College Writing Classroom.” UConn Writing Department Training, University of Connecticut, August 2007.
“Some Advice from Paulo Freire and John Locke on Writing Assignment Design,” UConn Writing Department Training, August 2007.
“Revolutionaries and Roundheads: Poetic Mimesis from Sidney to Wordsworth.” Torrey Honors College, Biola University, March 2005.
“Paradise Lost and Cartesian Dualism.” English Department, Biola University, November 2005.
Conference Presentations and Moderation
“Lights, Camera, … Character! The Poetics of Seventeenth-Century Post-Tragic Drama.” Seminar: “Revisiting Genre Theory.” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, March 2018.
“Disincarnating the Text: Un-Sacramental Reading in Levinas and Herbert,” Panel: “Sacramental Crossings in English and American Literatures,” Western Region Conference on Christianity and Literature. Point Loma University, San Diego, April 2017.
“Ending with a Jig,” Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. Seminar Title: “Beyond Shakespeare’s Genres,” Atlanta, April 2017.
“Sincere Affects and the Affectation of Sincerity: The Example of Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” Panel: “Early Modern States of Mind II,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, March 2017.
Moderator, “Key Words I: Entertainment, Acknowledgment, Acting,” conference session at “Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance,” UCLA, October 2016.
Seminar Leader, “The Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2016.
“Dancing Fear Away: The Post-Tragic Jig in Romeo and Juliet.” Seminar: “The Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama,” Shakespeare Association of American Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 2016.
Panel Respondent, “Early Modern Performances,” The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Las Vegas, March 7, 2015.
Talk Moderator, “‘Quod Omnes Tangit’: Taxes and the Sense of the Strange in Shakespeare’s King John,” by David Glimp, at Touching Shakespeare: Proximity, Precarity, and Resiliance in Renaissance Drama and Modern Life, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, February 13, 2015.
“Race, Religion, and Biological Exceptionalism in Shakespeare’s Aaron.” Seminar: “Conversions / Conversations: The Language of Religious and Cultural Encounter.” Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, April 2014.
Panel Chair, “Music and Performance.” Living English Broadside Ballads, 1550-1750: Song, Art, Dance, Culture. Huntington Library, April 4, 2014.
Panel Moderator and Chair, “The Post-Tragic in Contemporary Film and Fiction,” an undergraduate panel for the Common Day of Learning, APU, 2014.
“Performing a Black-faced Confession: Shakespeare’s Aaron.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, November 2013.
“The Devil’s in the Audience: Suggestions for Theatrical Belief in Marlowe’s Faustus,” Renaissance Literature Seminar, Early Modern Studies Institute, Huntington Library, May 4, 2013.
“Collaborating with the Devil on the Marlovian Stage,” Western Regional Conference for Christianity and Literature, Azusa Pacific University, May 2013.
“The Hospital Profane in Chester’s ‘The Last Supper,’” Sponsored Panel of the Center for Confraternity Studies, Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, March 2013.
Panel Organizer, “Collaborative Faith at the Dawn of Secularism,” Western Regional Conference for Christianity and Literature, Azusa Pacific University, May 2013.
Respondent. “The Way I See It,” Icarus: Thematic Option Research Conference, U of Southern California, April 10, 2012.
“The Identity of Religion in Sixteenth-Century English Ballads,” Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Huntington Library, March, 2012.
“De-Ciphering the Deep Things of Henry V,” British Shakespeare Association, Annual Meeting, Lancaster, England, February 2012.
“God’s ‘um’: Idiomatic Belief in Donne’s Sermons,” Renaissance Conference of Southern California, San Marino, CA. May 7, 2011.
“Figures of Conceit and the Conception of Belief in Hamlet,” Seminar: “Figures of Speech,” Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, Seattle, WA. April 2011.
“Hamlet’s Interiority Reconsidered,” Institute for British and Irish Studies, University of Southern California. March, 31, 2011.
“Human Dissection and Animal Sin in Donne’s Sermons,” Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, University of San Diego, March 2009.
“Coping with the Problems of Unitization in Composition Classes.” University of Connecticut Conference for the Teaching of Writing, March 2008.
“Reclaiming Reality: Mother Nature Cults, Mystery and Reconciliation in The Brothers Karamazov.” Graduate and Undergraduate Literature Conference, Biola University. May 2005. (Best Conference Paper Award).
“‘Which Kingston?’: Mixing Rhetorical Voices in The Woman Warrior.” Graduate and Undergraduate Literature Conference, Biola University. May 2005.
Awards and Grants
Research Fellowship, half-year, Center for Christian Thought, Biola University, 2017-18
Center for Research in Ethics, Research Grant, APU, 2017
NEH Summer Research Grant University Nominee, 2016
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Planning Grant, Primary Author, 2015
SURE Grant (Scholarly Undergraduate Research Experience), APU, 2015
Francis Bacon Foundation Fellow in Renaissance England, Huntington Library, 2014-15
Scholar-Teacher Award, APU, 2014-present, annual
Center for Research on Ethics and Values, Research Grant, APU, 2014-15
Faculty Research Grant, APU, 2014
J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize, Shakespeare Association of America, 2013
Center for Research on Ethics and Values, Research Grant, APU, 2013-14
Emerging Scholar Award and Research Grant, APU, 2013-14
Huntington Library, Early Modern Studies Institute, Research Grant, 2012
Renaissance Society of America, Research Grant, 2012
Russell Endowed Fellowship, U of Southern California, 2012-13 (declined)
Office of the Provost Travel Grant, U of Southern California, 2012
U of Southern California English Department Travel Grant, 2012
Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Grant, 2011
U of Southern California English Department Travel Grant, 2011
English Department Travel Grant, U of Southern California, 2009
Provost Fellowship, U of Southern California, 2009
College Merit Fellowship, U of Southern California, 2008
Provost Summer Grant, U of Southern California, 2009