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Portrait of Jon Hegglund

Jon Hegglund

Associate Professor

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Office — Avery 495


Jon teaches undergraduate courses in modernist and contemporary narrative, literary theory, and film and new media studies. In his research, he is broadly interested in the intersections between materialist ecocriticism and narratology in modernist and contemporary narratives. He is currently researching cognitive approaches to narrating non- and posthuman characters, focusing on media including prose fiction, graphic fiction, and film/television. He is also a staff writer at Baseball Prospectus.


“Anthropomorphics: Fictional Character in a Posthuman Age.” Book MS in progress.

World Views: Metageographies of Modernist Fiction (Oxford UP, 2012). Nominated for MLA First Book Award.

Modernism and the Anthropocene (edited with John McIntyre). (Lexington Books, forthcoming).

“Unnatural Narratology and Weird Realism in Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation.” Environment and Narrative, Eds. Erin James and Eric Morel (Ohio State UP, forthcoming).

“A Home for the Anthropocene: Planetary Time and Domestic Space in Richard McGuire’s Here.” Literary Geographies special issue on “Mobilizing Home(s)” (forthcoming).

“Lost in the Stacks: Shipping Containers and Narrative Agency in the Posthuman City.” Urban Transformations in the USA: Spaces, Communities, Representations, Ed. Julia Sattler (New York: Transcript Verlag/Columbia UP, 2016).

“Objects in Bloom.” Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture 18 (2013): 23-40.

“The Ambient Narratives of Patrick Keiller: Screen Ecologies of Late Modernity.”  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment 20.2 (Spring 2013): 274-95. (“Editor’s Choice” essay)


Buchanan Distinguished Associate Professorship (2017-19)

Courses Taught

DTC 375: Language, Texts, and Technology
ENGL 150: Introduction to Film as Narrative
ENGL 308: Introduction to Literary Criticism
ENGL 298: Honors Writing and Research: Nonhumans in Literature, Film, Science, and Culture
ENGL 373: 20th-and 21st-Century Global Literatures
ENGL 419: Twentieth-Century Fiction (online)
ENGL 548: New Theories of Narrative
ENGL 595: Anthropocene Literature and Culture