Aaron Matz

Associate Professor of English
Chair, English Department

Office Address: Miller 204
Office Phone: (909) 607-8120
Email: aaron.matz@scrippscollege.edu
Aaron Matz

Academic History

  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), Yale University

Areas of Expertise

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century British novel, Anglo-French literary relations, satire, realism, literature and morality.

Selected Research and Publications



  • "Hardy and the Vanity of Procreation." Victorian Studies, forthcoming Autumn 2014.
  • "Some Versions of Vitriol (The Novel Circa 1890)," Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.1 (Spring 2009).
  • "The Years of Hating Proust," Comparative Literature 60.4 (Fall 2008).
  • "Terminal Satire and Jude the Obscure," ELH 73.2 (Summer 2006).
  • "George Gissing's Ambivalent Realism," Nineteenth-Century Literature 59.2 (September 2004).


Aaron Matz is the author of Satire in an Age of Realism (Cambridge, 2010), which traces the way that realism in the nineteenth-century novel blurred into the caustic and austerely moral kind of representation better named satire.  He has published articles on Hardy, Gissing, Proust, and Stevenson; his reviews of English and French literature have appeared in the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and other publications.  His work focuses on the novel from the nineteenth century to the present.

At Scripps he teaches courses on the Victorian novel, the modern British novel, the literature of the fin de siècle, the history of satire, and the idea of character in fiction, as well as other seminars on English and comparative literature.  He also teaches the senior seminar in English and contributes to the Core Curriculum in the interdisciplinary humanities.  He is the recipient (in 2009 and 2013) of two Mary W. Johnson Faculty Awards for teaching.

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