Sam Matthews is currently a doctoral student at the University of Sydney and Visiting Research Associate at the Menzies Centre, King's College, London. His Ph.D. thesis, 'Modalities of twentieth-century realism’, focuses on novels of the inter-war period, in particular those of Christina Stead, John Dos Passos and Jean-Paul Sartre. Sam's broader research interests include: Australian literature, film and popular culture; comparative literature and theories of transnationalism; literary modernism; French nineteenth-century literary realism; and radical literature of the inter-war period.
University of Sydney
This essay offers new insights into Christina Stead’s Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934) and in particular its celebrated ‘lecture on light.’ It illuminates the historical context of Stead’s first novel, via reactions to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, as…