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

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    Thursday, 14:00–15:00 or by appointment



Sean Seeger is Lecturer in Literature in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies. He also regularly teaches in Essex’s Interdisciplinary Studies Centre. After receiving his PhD from Essex in 2014, Sean taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He returned to Essex as Lecturer in 2016. Sean’s research and teaching are concerned with modern and contemporary literature and culture. His main areas of interest are modernism, utopias and dystopias, science fiction, and cultural theory. 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 is 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. Sean teaches two modules which are informed by his work in this area: LT250 Dystopias, a second-year undergraduate module on dystopias in literature and film, and a related third-year module, LT321 Possible Worlds – Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Alternate Histories. Sean has been the recipient of research awards 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.


  • BA

  • MA

  • PhD

  • FHEA

Research and professional activities

Research interests

utopias and dystopias

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

cultural theory

Open to supervise

science fiction

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (California)


Institute of Modern Languages Research (London)


London Science Fiction Research Community (London)


British Society for Literature and Science (Oxford)


Institute for World Literature (Tokyo)


Hauptseminare, University of Konstanz (Konstanz)


Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (New York)


AGCAS Annual Conference (Chester)


Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (London)


Symposium, Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich)


LiFTS Open Seminar (Essex)


Oxford English Graduate Conference (Oxford)


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)

  • Introduction to Contemporary Latin America (CS141)

  • The World in Question: the Social, Political and Psychological Legacies of the Enlightenment (CS201)

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

  • 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)

  • Postmodernism: 1950-2000 (LT249)

  • Dystopias (LT250)

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

  • Expanding the Caribbean (LT337)

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

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


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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