Dr Sean Seeger

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

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    5NW.5.18, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Autumn Term/Spring Term



Sean Seeger is Senior Lecturer in Literature in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. Before his appointment at Essex in 2016, he taught at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sean's research and teaching focus on modern literature and culture. His main areas of interest are modernist studies, utopian studies, and queer studies. His work also engages with cinema, intellectual history, and social theory. 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. Since 2019, Sean has been collaborating with the sociologist Daniel Davison-Vecchione (University of Cambridge) on a series of articles on speculative fiction and social theory. They are currently working on a book-length study of the topic. Sean teaches three undergraduate modules – LT248 Modernism; LT250 Dystopias; and LT321 Possible Worlds – and one MA module – LT976 Queer: Literature, Culture, History. Sean welcomes research proposals relating to any of the following topics: modern and contemporary literature; modernism; utopia and dystopia; speculative/science fiction; queer studies; literature and social theory. Sean has previously supervised doctoral research projects on modernist nonhuman narratives; US dystopias in the wake of 9/11; and post-Anthropocene cosmopolitanism in contemporary speculative fiction. He is currently co-supervising a doctoral research project on counter-hegemonic approaches to the narration of history in the novels of Richard Powers and another on contemporary queer theatre and the cultural politics of non-monogamy. Sean 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

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

  • Approaches to Film and Media (LT121)

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

  • Modernism (LT248)

  • Dystopias (LT250)

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

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Dissertation Preparation: Postgraduate Research and Writing Skills (LT901)

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

  • Queer: Literature, Culture, History (LT976)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

Previous supervision

Yit Ho Joshua Ang
Yit Ho Joshua Ang
Thesis title: To the Ends of the Earth: Post-Anthropocene Cosmopolitanism in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood, and David Mitchell
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/5/2022
Valentina Romanzi
Valentina Romanzi
Degree subject: Occasional Study: Literature (Research)
Degree type: Occasional Postgraduate Study
Awarded date: 1/10/2020


Journal articles (20)

Seeger, SA., The Post-Critical Utopia. Utopian Studies. 33 (1)

Seeger, SA. and Davison-Vecchione, D., Setting the Agenda: Social Forecasting in the Speculative Fiction of Rose Macaulay and Sinclair Lewis. Vector. 2023 (297)

Seeger, SA. and Davison-Vecchione, D., Daniel Bell, Social Forecasting, and Science Fiction. Extrapolation. 64 (1)

Seeger, SA., (2022). Utopia, or What is Left of the Future?. Frontiers of Psychoanalysis. 1 (2)

Seeger, SA., (2021). Book review: Influx and Efflux by Jane Bennett. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. 25 (1)

Seeger, SA. and Davison-Vecchione, D., (2021). Ursula Le Guin’s Speculative Anthropology: Thick Description, Historicity and Science Fiction. Theory, Culture, and Society. 39 (1), 026327642110517-026327642110517

Seeger, SA., (2021). Book review: The American Weird: Concept and Medium, eds., Julius Greve and Florian Zappe. Pulse: The Journal of Science and Culture. 8, 1-4

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

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

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

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). Book review: The Practices of Hope by Christopher Castiglia. Modernism/modernity. 25 (4)

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

Seeger, SA., (2018). Why Read Science Fiction?. The Huffington Post (August 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. 3 (2)

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. 2 (5)

Books (1)

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

Book chapters (3)

Seeger, SA., “Whatever comes after human progress”: Transhumanism, Antihumanism, and the Absence of Queer Ecology in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan. In: Age and Ageing in Contemporary Speculative and Science Fiction. Editors: Oró Piqueras, M. and Falcus, S., . Bloomsbury

Seeger, SA., (2020). Utopia, Dystopia, and Human Flourishing. In: Health and Wellbeing: A Reader. Editors: Boncori, I. and Loughran, T., . 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

Other (1)

Seeger, SA., (2021).Queer Theory and Utopianism. Ideology, Theory, Practice. 1(2),Ideology, Theory, Practice

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