Rob Seguin teaches courses on modern and contemporary American fiction, as well as on contemporary literary and cultural theory. His research interests center on the fictional treatment of money, work, and social class, on the representation of intellectuals and other knowledge workers in the novel, and, most widely, on the nature of globalization as a new mutation in the capitalist system. He also follows and writes about recent (fictional, cinematic, televisual) science fiction.
Professor Seguin received his Ph.D. from Duke University and has published one book, Around Quitting Time: Work and Middle-Class Fantasy in American Fiction (Duke UP 2001), which dealt with the way that the often harsh realities of social class are wished away through an ideal of "middle classlessness," as seen in writers like Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, and Nathanael West. He also has published essays on authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and, most recently, Zora Neale Hurston. He has two new book projects in the works: one, a study of "cultural revolution," that is an analysis of the contradictory pressures faced by writers attempting to depict dispossessed populations being thrust into the hurlyburly of industrial modernization; in addition, he wishes to mount a vigorous defense of the beleaguered and much-misunderstood notion of Utopia.
Department of English
Oneonta NY 13820