Dr Sean Seeger

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: 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, Sean taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his PhD from Essex in 2014. Sean’s research and teaching are concerned with modern and contemporary literature and culture. His main research interests are in James Joyce, modernism, utopias and dystopias, and science fiction. 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. Sean's current research focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the relationship between the two. He is also interested in the ways in which these forms of literature intersect with social and political thought. He teaches two undergraduate modules which are informed by his work in this area: LT250 Dystopias, a second-year module on dystopias in literature and film, and LT321 Possible Worlds, a third-year module on science fiction, speculative fiction, and alternate histories. Sean has been the recipient of research funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Centre for Literary Translation. He is an Editor at the Literary Encyclopedia and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He received the University of Essex Excellence in Education Award in 2018. Sean welcomes PhD enquiries relating to any of his research interests. 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.

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (California)


Institute of Modern Languages Research (London)

London, United Kingdom, 2019

London Science Fiction Research Community (London)

London, United Kingdom, 2019

British Society for Literature and Science (Oxford)

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2018

Institute for World Literature (Tokyo)


Hauptseminare, University of Konstanz (Konstanz)


Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (New York)

New York, United States, 2016

AGCAS Annual Conference (Chester)


Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (London)


Symposium, Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich)


LiFTS Open Seminar (Essex)


Oxford English Graduate Conference (Oxford)

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2015

British Centre for Literary Translation (East Anglia)


Institute for World Literature (Hong Kong)


British Comparative Literature Association (Essex)


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Europe: Myth and Idea (CS102)

  • The World in Question: the Social, Political and Psychological 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)

  • Postcolonial Perspectives (LT246)

  • Modernism: 1890-1950 (LT248)

  • Dystopias (LT250)

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

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

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

  • Literature and Performance in the Modern City (LT922)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)


Journal articles (13)

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

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

Seeger, S. and Davison-Vecchione, D., Dystopian Literature and the Sociological Imagination. Thesis Eleven

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). 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). Why Read Science Fiction?. The Huffington Post (September, 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

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