Matt Seybold is assistant professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. He is scholar-in-residence at the Center for Mark Twain Studies, editor of MarkTwainStudies.org, and host of The American Vandal Podcast. His research focuses on intersections of political economy and mass media, particularly during periods of financial crisis. He is co-editor, with Michelle Chihara, of The Routledge Companion to Literature & Economics (2018), and, with Gordon Hutner, a 2019 special issue of American Literary History on “Economics & American Literary Studies in the New Gilded Age.” Other recent work can be found in Aeon, American Studies, Leviathan, Mark Twain Annual, & T. S. Eliot Studies.
The Political Economy of Chappelle’s Redemption Songs
Matt Seybold on what Dave Chappelle's return tells us about celebrity and corporate power....
Barnum Presidents and Benevolent Monopolists: Mark Twain, Amazon, and the Futility of Antitrust
With Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, it's time to remember when Twain asked a deceptively simple question: who benefits from the breakup of a monopoly?...
The End of Economics
"Geoff Mann boils the essence of Keynesianism down to a deceptively simple question: is it worth risking civilization to make it better?"...
BLARB BLOG POSTS
Eat The Shorts: A Billions FanFic Review of The China Hustle
Found Poetry from Anthony Scaramucci’s 2010 Memoir Goodbye Gordon Gekko
The Berth of Biopolitics
Alec Baldwin, James Baldwin, and Apocalyptic Exceptionalism