Aaron Matz

Associate Professor of English
Chair, English Department

Department: English
Office Address: Miller 204
Office Phone: (909) 607-8120
Aaron Matz

Academic History

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

Areas of Expertise

British fiction, 1850-present. History of the novel in England and France. Literature and morality. Realism, satire, and theory of genre.

Selected Research and Publications



  • “Huxley and Reproduction.” Brave New World: Contexts and Legacies, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Hardy and the Vanity of Procreation.” Victorian Studies, Autumn 2014.
  • “Truants and Cuckolds” (on Raymond Radiguet). London Review of Books, March 2013.
  • “Varrrroooom!” (on Louis-Ferdinand Céline). London Review of Books, March 2010.
  • “Some Versions of Vitriol (The Novel Circa 1890),” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Spring 2009.
  • “The Years of Hating Proust,” Comparative Literature, Fall 2008.
  • “Terminal Satire and Jude the Obscure,” ELH, Summer 2006.
  • “George Gissing’s Ambivalent Realism,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 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 essays on Victorian fiction (Hardy, Gissing, Stevenson); on French writers (Proust, Céline); and on British modernism. His reviews of English and French literature have appeared in the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and elsewhere. Professor Matz is currently writing a book about the novel’s ambivalence toward procreation, from Flaubert to contemporary fiction.

At Scripps he teaches courses on the Victorian novel, the modern British novel, the literature of the fin de siècle, realism in fiction and painting, the history of satire, and the idea of character in fiction. He also teaches upper-level seminars on Hardy, Lawrence, and Woolf. His honors include two Mary W. Johnson Faculty Awards for teaching.

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