Matthew Rubery

Matthew Rubery is professor of modern literature at the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include modern literature, media, and reading practices. He is the author of The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News (Oxford, 2009), Secret Commissions: An Anthology of Victorian Investigative Journalism (Broadview, 2012), and The Untold Story of the Talking Book (Harvard University Press, 2016). 


Volume 140

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Guests on Volume 140: Matthew Rubery, on the history of the “talking book,” and on how reading aloud differs from listening to it being read; James Herrick, on the “post-human” aspirations of the transhumanist movement, and how its plausibility is established by stories; Jack Baker & Jeffrey Bilbro, on lessons that universities should heed from Wendell Berry’s essays, poetry, and fiction about commitment to living in a place; Timothy Gloege, on the influence of business methods on 20th-century evangelicalism through the shaping of Moody Bible Institute; David Hollinger, on how the sons and daughters of mid-20th-century missionaries to Asia came back to the U.S. and influenced government, journalism, and the academy; and Barrett Fisher, on the themes of the challenge of faithfulness as presented in Shusaku Endo’s Silence and in Martin Scorsese’s film version.