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modern and contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, the utopian tradition in literature, modernism in the arts

Ph.D., Duke University

Robert Seguin

Professor of English and Literature, Media & Writing Department Chair & Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies

Recent courses taught:

  • Utopia and Dystopia in Literature and Film
  • Beats, Bombs, and Burbs: the American 1950s
  • Masquerade and Disguise in American Literature
  • Contemporary Graphic Novel
  • The African-American Literary Tradition

Selected publications:

  • “Nature Is What Hurts.” Review essay. Electronic Book Review, 2016-02-07.
  • “From Class Imaginary to Cultural Revolution in Willa Cather.” Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literature. Andrew Lawson, ed. London: Routledge, 2014. 165-79.
  • “The American Novel: Twentieth Century.” Chapter of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • “Cosmic Upset: Cultural Revolution and the Contradictions of Zora Neale Hurston.” Modernism/Modernity 16:2 (April 2009), 229-254.
  • “Cultural Revolution, the Discourse of Intellectuals, and Other Folk Tales.”  On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization, ed. Caren Irr and Ian Buchanan.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2005. 95-115.
  • Around Quitting Time: Work and Middle-Class Fantasy in American Fiction. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Faculty Compensation and Budget Committee
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Committee
  • Utopian Studies Society
  • Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present