Nicole Seymour works in the environmental humanities, asking how literature and other cultural forms – from documentary film to standup comedy – mediate our relationship to environmental crisis. Before coming to CSUF, she held positions at the University of Louisville, the University of Arkansas, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. Her first book, Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination, won the 2015 scholarly book award from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). Her forthcoming book, Bad Environmentalism: Affect and Dissent in the Ecological Age (University of Minnesota Press), recuperates irreverent and anti-sentimental expressions of environmentalism. Dr. Seymour enjoys working with students on research and public activism projects such as Climate Change Theatre Action. She currently serves as the Vice President of ASLE and as an Area Team Coordinator for the UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network for Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education and Action.
2008, Ph.D, English Literature, Vanderbilt University
2004, M.A., English Literature, Vanderbilt University
2001, B.A. summa cum laude, American Literature and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles
Contemporary Anglophone literature, culture, and media; environmental humanities/ecocriticism; gender and sexuality studies; queer theory; affect theory.
Courses Regularly Taught
Analysis of Literary Forms, Literature and the Environment, Landscape in American Literature, Graduate Seminar: Problems in Criticism.
"Alligator Earrings and the Fish Hook in the Face: Tragicomedy, Transcorporeality, and Animal Drag." TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.2 (2015): 261-79. Spec. issue on "Tranimalities." Ed. Eva Hayward and Jami Weinstein.
“Irony and Contemporary Ecocinema: Theorizing a New Affective Paradigm.” Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film.Ed. Alexa Weik von Mossner. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.
Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
“Down with People: Queer Tendencies and Troubling Racial Politics in Antinatalist Discourse.” International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism. Ed. Simon Estok, Greta Gaard, and Serpil Oppermann. New York and London: Routledge, 2013.
“Toward an Irreverent Ecocriticism.” In special issue on “The Function of Ecocriticism at the Present Time.” Ed. Andrew McMurry and William Major. Journal of Ecocriticism 4.2 (July 2012).
“Trans Ecology and the Transgender Road Narrative.” Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Ed. Greg Garrard. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. E-book edition.
“Transgender Environments.” Routledge International Handbook of Gender and Environment. Ed. Sherilyn MacGregor. New York and London: Routledge, 2017.