Dr Matthew Reza

BA (UCL); MA (UCL); D.Phil (Oxon)


Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty Lecturer and Italian Language Tutor

Research network ISO Events Coordinator (Italian Studies at Oxford)

Modern Languages Review Editorial Assistant (Italian)



I look at the migration of oral and written narratives, particularly the fairy-tale, from Italy to the US during the twentieth century. My research has also focused on fantastic literature, utopian narratives, the role of psychoanalysis in literature, possible world theory, and representations of madness.



I teach Translation from Italian into English, and nineteenth and twentieth century Italian poetry and prose, including Italo Calvino, Natalia Ginzburg, Giacomo Leopardi, Alessandro Manzoni, Anna-Maria Ortese, and Giuseppe Ungaretti. 



I am very committed to widening access and widening participation, and I have worked with organizations such as UNIQ, TeachFirst, IntoUniversity, Oxford Pathways, The Brilliant Club, and the London Centre for Languages and Cultures.


Select Publications


Edited Volumes


Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative: Italy and the USA, eds, Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, and Matthew Reza (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming) http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/Italy-USA


- The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia, eds, Florian Mussgnug and Matthew Reza (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014). https://www.peterlang.com/abstract/title/36523?rskey=kBPNyM&result=1


Refereed Journal Articles


‘Incarcerating the Impossible: the Asylum in Italian Fantastic Literature’, Italian Culture [Forthcoming 2019].


- ‘The Double Within: Coexistent Minds and the Fantastic in Ugo Tarchetti’, Romance Studies [Forthcoming 2018].


- ‘A Calabrian in Minnesota: the Tales of James Mancina’, Italian Americana, 36.1 (Winter 2018), 9-28.


- ‘The Irreducible Qfwfq: Rethinking the All-Seeing I’, Modern Languages Open (2018)  http://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.130 


- ‘Reporting the Fantastic: Deferral and Pan-determinism in Ugo Tarchetti’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 53.4 (October 2017), 430-443.


- ‘Violence Against Reason and the Mind in Luigi Pirandello’s Fantastic Fiction’, Pirandello Studies, 37 (2017), 47-58.


- ‘Telling New Tales in New Spaces: La fiaba in America’, Italian Canadiana, Special Issue, Vol. 31 (2017), 141-155.


- ‘A New Century of the Impossible: Giovanni Papini’s Fantastico Interno’, Modern Language Notes, 132.1 (January 2017), 164-182.


- ‘Oltre il confine: dilatazione dei paradigmi di realtà nei racconti fantastici di Dino Buzzati’, Italianistica, 44.3 (Sept/Dec 2015), 163-175.


- ‘Noi siamo uni’: Paradox in Tommaso Landolfi’s Fantastic Literature’, The Italianist, 35.1 (Feb 2015), 78–90.


Book Chapters


- ‘Italian Storytelling Memories: Personal Recollections of Fairy Tales in the U.S’, in Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative: Italy and the USA, eds. Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci, and Matthew Reza (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming)


 - ‘Struggling Against Utopia in Defoe, Wells, Atwood’, in The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia, eds Florian Mussgnug and Matthew Reza (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014), pp. 189-202.


Book Reviews


- ‘Re-Imagining a Modern Fantastic’, review of Andrzej Wicher, Piotr Spyra, and Joanna Matyjaszczyk, eds, Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature Revisited (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), Extrapolation, 58.1 (2017), pp. 102-106.


- Review of Valentina Polcini, Dino Buzzati and Anglo-American Culture: The Re-use of Visual and Narrative Texts in his Fantastic Fiction (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014), Modern Languages Review, 111.4 (Oct 2016), pp. 1145-1146.


- Review of Artur Blaim, Gazing in Useless Wonder English Utopian Fictions, 1516-1800 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 26.3 (2015): 603-605.


- Review of Beatrice Sica, L’Italia magica di Gianfranco Contini: storia e interpretazione (Roma: Bulzoni, 2013), Italian Studies 70.1 (Feb 2015), pp. 159-160.


Web-Based Publications


- ‘Inside the Minnesotan Cave of Immigrant Wonders’, Continuum, University of Minnesota Libraries (June 2018). https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/inside-the-minnesotan-cave-of-immigrant-wonders/


- ‘Marvellous Mountains and Calamitous Cities: Personal Landscapes in Dino Buzzati’s Fantastic Fiction’, Reading Italy (Jan 2016). https://readingitaly.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/places-of-the-fantastic-critics-corner/



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