Matt Franks, Ph.D.

I'm originally from the northern California coast, and my husband and I have happily settled in rural west Georgia on a beautiful lake in the woods. I love pretty much anything involving the outdoors (especially backpacking in the mountains), learning to play new instruments, and baking sourdough bread.

At UWG, I specialize in 20th-21st century British and postcolonial literatures. My research and teaching focus on intersections between disability, queerness, race, and feminism. I am currently writing a book on the afterlife of eugenics in transatlantic 20th century texts. In this project, I examine how literary depictions of current reproductive politics continue to be overshadowed by eugenics practices of sterilization, institutionalization, and other forms of reproductive control.

  • B.A., Oberlin College, 2003
  • M.A., Humboldt State University, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2014

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Summer 2019 Sections

  • ENGL-4002 (Studies in British Lit. II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-4005 (Studies in AmLit II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-5002 (Studies in British Lit. II) Section: 01S
  • ENGL-5005 (Studies in American Lit. II) Section: 01S

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Summer 2018 Sections

  • ENGL-4002 (BritLit II-Postcolonial Anglo) Section: 1DW
  • ENGL-5002 (BritLit II-PostcolonialAnglo) Section: E01

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Summer 2017 Sections

  • ENGL-4386 (Internship: APEX Museum) Section: 01

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Matt Franks. “Serving on the Eugenic Homefront: Virginia Woolf, Race, and Disability.” Feminist Formations, vol. 29, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 1–24. [View Publication (PDF)]

Franks, Matt. "Mental Inversion, Modernist Aesthetics, and Disability Exceptionalism in Olive Moore’s Spleen.” JML: Journal of Modern Literature, vol 38, no. 1, 2014, pp. 107-127. [View Publication (PDF)]