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Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Jon Hegglund

Jon Hegglund


Jon Hegglund spent his earliest years moving around the United States before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of eight.  He received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, leaving the coastal paradise in 1998. 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 undergraduate courses in modernism, twentieth-century Anglophone fiction, postcolonial literature and theory, film narrative, and documentary film.  He has also taught a number of graduate seminars, including “Modernism and Empire,” “Modernism and Film,” and “Theories of Space and Place in Literature and Culture.”


· World Views: Metageographies of Modernist Fiction .  Forthcoming, Oxford University Press (Modernist Literature and Culture Series).
· “‘No less than a planet’: Scale-Bending in Modernist Fiction.”  22 Ms. pages.  Accepted for edited collection on Utopian Spaces of Modernism (volume currently under review).
· “Hard Facts and Fluid Spaces: ‘Ithaca’ and the Imperial Archive,” Joyce, Imperialism, and Postcolonialism, Ed. Leonard Orr (Syracuse UP, 2008): 58-74.
· “Images of Africa: Modernism and the Myth of Continents,” Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces.  Eds. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Routledge, 2005): 43-53.
· “Ulysses and the Rhetoric of Cartography.”  Twentieth-Century Literature 49.2 (Summer 2003): 164-92.  (Finalist for Kappell Prize in Literary Criticism)
· “Abstracting Africa: Thematic Mapping and British Imperialism, 1870-1930.”  Online essay and slide exhibit (  Published as Slide Set #30 (Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library, 2002).
· “Empire’s Second Take: Projecting America in Stanley and Livingstone.”  Nineteenth-Century Geographies: Anglo-American Tactics of Space, Eds. Helena Michie and Ronald R. Thomas (Rutgers UP, 2002): 265-77.
· “Defending the Realm: Domestic Space and Mass Cultural Contamination inHowards End and An Englishman’s Home.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 40.4 (September 1997): 398-423.

Works in Progress:

· “Film, Fiction, and the Sensory Environments of Late Modernity”  Book-length project.
· “Screen Ecologies of Late Modernity: The Ambient Narratives of Patrick Keiller.”  Article.
· “Time Present and Time Past: Humphrey Jennings’ Sound-World.”  Article.