Matthias Gompers

Matthias Gompers

Class of: 2019

I always knew I wanted to study literature, but I didn’t know what exactly what kind until I took a class on Thomas Pynchon in my sophomore year. The relevance of Gravity’s Rainbow, an almost 50-year-old book, to the present day was striking, and it was the first time I really understood how important the study of literature is to my everyday life. Since then, I’ve embarked on several independent projects about capitalism, women’s labor, and postmodernism. I’ve gotten to do research in the university’s archives, and whether my project is scholarly or creative, my professors are always happy to offer feedback, support, and guidance—even when they aren’t directly involved in my work! I can’t imagine my intellectual and scholarly growth would have gone the same way in another department, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve received here. Now I’m better equipped to understand the society and world around me.