Matthew Ritger

2015-2017 Graduate Assistant

Matthew Ritger
  • MFA, Cornell University
  • AB, Dartmouth College

Matthew Ritger studies literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with an emphasis on poetry and politics. Areas of particular interest include the history of rhetoric and poetics, print culture, and early modern criminal law and policy, as well as authors such as More, Shakespeare, and Marvell.

Previously, Ritger worked as a lecturer at Cornell University, where he taught First-Year Writing Seminars on Shakespeare as well as introductory creative writing courses, and where he earned his MFA (2014). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (2010).

On campus, Matthew serves as an adviser for undergraduate students at Mathey College and as an assistant in the Center for Digital Humanities.

Selected publications:

"Invisible Shakespeare." Review Essay. Los Angeles Review of Books Online, April 2016.
"The Charges: On Jorie Graham's From The New World: Poems 1976-2014.” Los Angeles Review of Books Online, April 2015.
"Shrapnel and Song: On Contemporary Poetry from Afghanistan." Los Angeles Review of Books Online, April 2014.
"Translations from the Bone-House: On the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and John Hollander." Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Winter 2014.