2020 applicants

Dr Sean Seeger

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Sean Seeger
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    +44 (0) 1206 874502

  • Location

    5NW.5.18, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Autumn: Tuesday, 2–3 / Spring: Thursday, 3–4



Sean Seeger is Lecturer in Literature in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. Before his appointment at Essex in 2016, he taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sean’s research and teaching are concerned with modern literature and theory. His main areas of interest are twentieth-century literature, modernism, utopias and dystopias, and cultural studies. As well as numerous essays and articles, he is the author of Nonlinear Temporality in Joyce and Walcott (Routledge, 2017), the first dedicated comparative study of James Joyce and Derek Walcott. His current research focuses on utopian and dystopian literature and the ways in which these forms of writing intersect with social and political thought. Since 2019, he has been collaborating with the sociologist Daniel Davison-Vecchione (University of Cambridge) on a series of journal articles on the relationship between speculative literature and social theory. He has now started work on a book-length study on a related topic. Sean supervises and teaches three undergraduate modules: LT248 Modernism (on modernist literature and art); LT250 Dystopias (on dystopian literature and film); and LT321 Possible Worlds (on science fiction and related literatures). In 2020, he introduced a new MA module: LT976 Queer (on queer literature, history, and theory). Sean welcomes research proposals relating to any of the following topics: modern and contemporary literature, modernism, utopias and dystopias, speculative/science fiction, LGBTQ literature, literature and social theory, literature and politics, and cultural studies. He is currently supervising doctoral research projects on early twentieth-century posthuman narratives, US dystopias in the wake of 9/11, the novels of Richard Powers, and cosmopolitanism in contemporary speculative fiction. Sean is an Editor at the Literary Encyclopedia and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has previously been awarded research funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Centre for Literary Translation. He is a recipient of the University of Essex Excellence in Education Award.

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

California, United States, 2019

Institute of Modern Languages Research

London, United Kingdom, 2019

London Science Fiction Research Community

London, United Kingdom, 2019

British Society for Literature and Science

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2018

Institute for World Literature

Tokyo, Japan, 2018

Open Seminar, University of Konstanz

Konstanz, Germany, 2017

Cornell School of Criticism and Theory

New York, United States, 2016

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

Chester, United Kingdom, 2016

Open Seminar, Goldsmiths, University of London

London, United Kingdom, 2016

Symposium, Ludwig Maximilian University

Munich, Germany, 2015

Open Seminar, University of Essex

Essex, United Kingdom, 2015

Oxford English Graduate Conference

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2015

British Centre for Literary Translation

East Anglia, United Kingdom, 2014

Institute for World Literature

Hong Kong, 2014

British Comparative Literature Association

Essex, United Kingdom, 2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Postcolonial Perspectives (LT246)

  • Europe: Myth and Idea (CS102)

  • The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment (CS201)

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism Capstone (CS301)

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (CS305)

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

  • Criticism: Practice and Theory (LT204)

  • Black Lives Represented: Writing, Art, Politics and Society (LT218)

  • Modernism (LT248)

  • Dystopias (LT250)

  • Possible Worlds: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Alternate Histories (LT321)

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • War, Violence and Conflict in the American Tropics (LT906)

  • The Modern City: From Modernism to Postmodernism (LT922)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)

  • Shakespeare and the History Play (LT360)

  • Law and Literature (LT394)


Journal articles (11)

Seeger, SA., (2020). Contemporary Fiction as Weltliteratur: Adam Kirsch’s The Global Novel. Papers on Language and Literature. 56 (1), 92-99

Seeger, SA., (2019). Review: Jolanta Wawrzycka and Serenella Zanotti, eds., James Joyce's Silences. The James Joyce Broadsheet. 2 (112)

Davison-Vecchione, D. and Seeger, SA., (2019). Dystopian Literature and the Sociological Imagination. Thesis Eleven. 155 (1), 45-63

Seeger, SA., (2018). Dystopia and Dystopian Literature. Literary Encyclopedia. 4 (5)

Seeger, SA., (2018). Review: Christopher Castiglia, The Practices of Hope. Modernism/modernity. 25 (4)

Seeger, SA., (2018). Review: D. Harlan Wilson, J. G. Ballard. The British Society for Literature and Science (July, 2018)

Seeger, SA., (2018). ‘A static that contains all the messages ever sent’: Tom McCarthy’s C, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and Nonlinear Literary History. International Journal of Arts Theory and History. 13 (4), 23-32

Seeger, SA., (2017). Martin Amis, neo-Orientalism, and hubris. Postcolonial Studies. 20 (4), 494-509

Seeger, SA., (2016). The Sea as History and the Sea as Event in the Poetry of Derek Walcott. Poetry Forum (September, 2016)

Seeger, SA., (2015). Derek Walcott on What the Twilight Says. Literary Encyclopedia. 3 (1)

Seeger, SA., (2014). What is at Stake in the Damrosch-Apter World Literature Debate?. Assembly (November, 2014)

Books (1)

Seeger, SA., (2017). Nonlinear Temporality in Joyce and Walcott: History Repeating Itself with a Difference. Routledge. 1351180096. 9781351180092

Book chapters (2)

Seeger, SA., (2020). Utopia, Dystopia, and Human Flourishing. In: Health and Wellbeing: A Reader. L'Editoriale Scientifica

Seeger, SA., (2019). ‘We should own the stars’: Postcapitalism, Techno-Utopianism, and Blade Runner 2049. In: Tempest - An Anthology. Editors: Vaught, A. and Johnson, A., . Patrician Press. 9781999703066

Other (2)

Seeger, SA., (2019).From Capitalist Realism to Acid Communism: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher. LSE Review of Books (February, 2019)

Seeger, SA., (2018).Why Read Science Fiction?,The Huffington Post (August, 2018)


+44 (0) 1206 874502


5NW.5.18, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Autumn: Tuesday, 2–3 / Spring: Thursday, 3–4