Sebastian Matzner

  • King’s College London
  • Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature

Sebastian Matzner is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Director of Queer@King’s (Centre for Research and Teaching in Gender and Sexuality Studies) at King’s College London. Trained in both Classics and Comparative Literature, his research focuses on interactions between ancient and modern literature and thought, especially in the fields of poetics and rhetoric, literary and critical theory, traditions of classicism, the history of sexualities, and LGBTQ studies. Aside from articles and book chapters on a range of topics in these fields, he is the author of Rethinking Metonymy: Literary Theory and Poetic Practice from Pindar to Jakobson (Oxford University Press, 2016, pb 2019) as well as co-editor of Complex Inferiorities: The Poetics of the Weaker Voice in Latin Literature (Oxford University Press, 2018; with S. Harrison) and Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2020; with G. Trimble). He is a member of the “Young Academy” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Humanities/Leopoldina National Academy (2017–2022) and joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Classical Tradition as well as Associate Editor of the Classical Receptions Journal.