prof. Matthew Levay

Fulbright Distinguished Chair


Room 108a

Office hours in spring semester 2021/22:
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30

Matthew Levay is an Associate Professor of English at Idaho State University. He is the author of Violent Minds: Modernism and the Criminal (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and editor of a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on “Seriality” (2018). His essays have appeared in journals such as Modernism/modernity, Modernist Cultures, and the Journal of Modern Literature, and in a variety of edited collections. He is currently at work on two book projects—a study of the modernist novel series, and a short monograph on anachronism in contemporary comics.

Role at the ASC

Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Warsaw during the Spring term 2022; he will teach two classes and deliver a lecture for the American Studies Colloquium Series


Book Review Editor, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (2021-present)

Advisory Committee, PMLA (2021-present)

Idaho State University Outstanding Master Teacher Award (2021)

Board of Directors, Idaho Humanities Council (2020-present)


“Crime Fiction and Criminology.” The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Ed. Janice M. Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King, and Andrew Pepper. London: Routledge, 2020. 273-281.

“Modernism’s Opposite: John Galsworthy and the Novel Series.” Modernism/modernity 26.3 (September 2019): 543-562.

“On the Uses of Seriality for Modern Periodical Studies: An Introduction.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 9.1 (2018): v-xix.

“Repetition, Recapitulation, Routine: Dick Tracy and the Temporality of Daily Newspaper Comics.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 9.1 (2018): 101-122.

“Preservation and Promotion: Ellery Queen, Magazine Publishing, and the Marketing of Detective Fiction.” The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture. Ed. Alfred Bendixen and Olivia Carr Edenfield. New York: Routledge, 2017. 101-122.

“Remaining a Mystery: Gertrude Stein, Crime Fiction and Popular Modernism.” Journal of Modern Literature 36.4 (Summer 2013): 1-22.

“The Entertainments of Late Modernism: Graham Greene and the Career Criminal.” Modernist Cultures 5.2 (October 2010): 315-339.

Courses (selected)

BA elective “American Crime Fiction: Form, Genre, History”

MA-level Research Proseminar “Introduction to Comic Studies”


Football (soccer), photography, visual art

Curriculum vitae (PDF)