Matthew   Christensen

Professor  

Office: ELABS 235
Phone: (956) 665-3425
Email: matthew.christensen@utrgv.edu

Dr. Matthew Christensen





Selected Publications


  • Matthew Christensen. "African Detective Fiction, Mysteries, and Thrillers," The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean since 1950 (Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 11). New York: Oxford University Press, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016.

  • Matthew Christensen. Managed Risk and the Lure of Transparency in Anglophone African Detective Noir. Neoliberalism and the Novel. Routledge, August 2016.

  • Matthew Christensen. "Managed Risk and the Lure of Transparency in Anglophone African Detective Noir," Textual Practice 29, no. 2 (March 2015): 315-333.

  • Matthew Christensen. "African Popular Crime Genres and the Genres of Neoliberalism," Social Text 31, no. 2 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2013): 103-22.

  • Matthew Christensen. "Review Essay on Selected Contemporary Sierra Leonean Fiction," Philadelphia, PA: Journal of the African Literature Association 7, no. 2 (March 2013): 165-68.

  • Matthew Christensen. Rebellious Histories: The Amistad Slave Revolt and the Cultures of Late Twentieth-Century Black Transnationalism. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012.

  • Matthew Christensen. "Violable States: Sovereignty, Neoliberalism, and Generic Failure in Tony Marinho’s Nigerian Biothriller The Epidemic," Life is a Thriller: Investigating African Crime Fiction. Cologne, MBA: Rudiger Koppe , 2012: 77-88.

  • Matthew Christensen. "Cannibals in the Postcolony: Sierra Leone’s Intersecting Hegemonies in Charlie Haffner’s Slave Revolt Drama Amistad Kata-Kata," Research in African Literatures 36, no. 1 (2005): 1-19.

  • Matthew Christensen. “Slave Rebellions Past, Rebel War Present: Historical Representation during Sierra Leone’s Civil War.” . Representations of Violence: Art about Sierra Leone’s Civil War. Madison, Wisconsin: Twenty-first Century African Youth Movement, 2005.

  • Matthew Christensen. “Spielberg’s Friendly Slave Revolt: Men’s Cross-Cultural Sentimental Bonds and the Failed Promise of Racial Integration in Amistad’s America ” . Proceedings of the First International African Film and History Conference . Cape Town: 2002.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Matthew Christensen. Visiting Scholar, SUNY Stony Brook Humanities Institute, (September 1, 2017 - August 1, 2018)

  • Matthew Christensen. Unsovereign Bodies: The State and the Individual Subject in African Detective Fiction, American Council of Learned Societies, $70,000.00 (September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018)

  • Matthew Christensen. Summer Stipends Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, $6,000.00 (June 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017)

  • Matthew Christensen. Visiting Research Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University, (January 2010 - April 2010)

  • Matthew Christensen. Summer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, West African Research Association, $6,000.00 (June 2006 - August 2006)



Selected Presentations


  • Matthew Christensen. "Neoliberal Time and the African Detective Fiction Franchise," Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht, the Netherlands (July 2017)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Anglophone African Pulp Fiction, Audience, and the Problem of Liberalism’s Reading Subject," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Washington, D.C. (December 2016)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Macmillan’s Pacesetters Series, the Anglophone African Detective Novel, and the Problem of Form," Forms of Informality: Textual Analysis and Popular Culture in the Global South , University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (March 2016)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: The Anglophone Spy Thriller and the State in the 1970s," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, San Diego, CA (November 2015)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Genres of Violence in African Writing," MLA Annual Meeting, Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC (January 2015)

  • Matthew Christensen. "True Crime and the Times of Nigerian Nationalism," MLA Annual Meeting, Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC (January 2015)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Arresting the Time of the Nation: Detective Fiction, Violence, and Decolonization in Nigeria," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Indianapolis, IN (November 2014)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Genres of Violence, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Indianapolis, IN (November 2014)

  • Matthew Christensen. "Neoliberal Noir: Risk, Transparency, and the Perils of Self-Care in Anglophone Detective Fiction," African Studies Association Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Baltimore, MD (November 2013)

  • Matthew Christensen. "African Popular Crime Genres and the Genres of Neoliberalism," Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (January 2013)

Current Courses

ENGL 6313 02I - Post-Colonial Crit Foundations:
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ENGL 2331 90L - Intro to World Lit:
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ENGL 6313 01I - Post Colonial Crit Foundations:
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ENGL 4302 01I - Postcolonial Lit & Theory:
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ENGL 4302 02I - Postcolonial Lit & Theory:
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