Jon Hegglund

  1. Professor
  2. Director of Graduate Studies
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Jon Hegglund received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then taught for four years at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT, before coming to WSU in 2002.

Teaching Interests

Hegglund teaches courses in 20th and 21st-century narrative, critical theory, and environmental humanities.  His graduate seminars have included “Anthropocene Narrative,” “New Theories of Narrative,” “Nonhuman Modernisms,” “Modernism and Film,” and “Theories of Space and Place in Literature and Culture.”

Research Interests

Modernist and contemporary narrative, ecohumanism, cognitive and rhetorical narratology, critical theory, psychoanalysis, dialectical materialism. He is also a staff writer at Baseball Prospectus.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


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, 2021).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Unnatural Narratology and Weird Realism in Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation.” Environment and Narrative, Eds. Erin James and Eric Morel (Ohio State UP, 2021).

“A Home for the Anthropocene: Planetary Time and Domestic Space in Richard McGuire’s Here.” Literary Geographies special issue on “Mobilizing Home(s)” (2020).

“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)

Works in Progress

“Ecohumanist Narrative: Subject Stories for a Species Future.” Book MS in progress.

“From the Multiverse to the Commons: The Limits of Narrative Worldbuilding in an Age of Exhausted Capitalism.” Article MS in progress.