Dr Nicholas Seager

Title: Senior Lecturer
Phone: (+44) 01782 733142
Email: n.p.seager@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 1.041
Role: Senior Lecturer
Contacting me: On research leave during 2017-18

I joined Keele in 2009, having studied at the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds and Nottingham. I teach courses across the English programme. My research interests are in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, particularly the intersections between literature and history, religion, politics and philosophy, as well as the relationships between historicism, formalism and book history.

My research interests are in English Literature from 1660 to 1830. The first is Daniel Defoe, and I have published a number of articles on Defoe in recent years. I am writing a monograph on his contribution to the emergence of the English novel, entitled Daniel Defoe and the History of Fictional Form. This study aims to contextualise the formal strategies of Defoe’s major prose fictions (including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and Roxana) by developing our historical awareness of the genres in which he wrote and the social concerns with which his fictions are engaged, including eighteenth-century religious controversy, historiographical debate, and disputes over the status of women. I am also editing Defoe's letters for Cambridge University Press alongside Andreas Mueller (University of Northern Colorado), and was awarded an AHRC grant for this project in 2017.

My research is more broadly concerned with the development of the novel in the eighteenth century, and in the later critical reception and creative appropriation of this period’s fiction. In 2012, my guide to literary criticism on the eighteenth-century British novel was published by Palgrave Macmillan; this book historicises the developing notion of ‘the rise of the novel’ from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century understandings of the genre’s provenance through to its treatment in critical schools like historicism, formalism, feminism, and postcolonialism. I co-edited with Daniel Cook (University of Dundee) a collection of essays entitled The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2015) which comprises essays on adaptations and appropriations of the novel, from Haywood, Defoe and Swift to Shelley, Scott and Austen. And in 2016, I completed an edition of a biography by Samuel Johnson, called An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage (1744). This was published by Broadview Press and is co-edited with Lance Wilcox (Elmhurst College, Illinois).

I am an elected at-large member of the Daniel Defoe Society and membership officer of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. With Karen Gevirtz (Seton Hall College, New Jersey), I co-edit the eighteenth-century section of the journal Literature Compass and I am a member of the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) Peer Review College.

I would be very happy to hear from prospective postgraduates interested in researching literature of the period from 1660-1800, particularly the development of the novel.

 

Selected Publications

  • Seager NP. 2017. Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession. Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 80.1, 47-69.
  • SEAGER NP and WILCOX L. 2016. The Life of Mr Richard Savage, by Samuel Johnson. Broadview Press.
  • Seager NP. 2015. Johnson, Biography and the Novel: The Fictional Afterlife of Richard Savage. Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol. 51.2, 152-170. doi>
  • Seager NP. 2015. Serialization of Defoe's Tour in All Alive and Merry (1740-42). Notes and Queries, vol. 62, 295-297. doi>
  • Seager NP. 2014. John Bunyan and Socinianism. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 65(3), 580-600. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • SEAGER NP and WILCOX L. 2016. The Life of Mr Richard Savage, by Samuel Johnson. Broadview Press.
  • Cook D and Seager N. 2015. The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cambridge University Press.
  • Seager NP. 2012. The Rise of the Novel: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Seager NP. 2017. Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession. Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 80.1, 47-69.
  • Seager NP. 2015. Daniel Defoe’s Some Thoughts of an Honest Tory in the Country (1716): A Critical Edition. Digital Defoe : Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries, vol. 7(1), 1-33.
  • Seager NP. 2015. Johnson, Biography and the Novel: The Fictional Afterlife of Richard Savage. Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol. 51.2, 152-170. doi>
  • Seager NP. 2015. Serialization of Defoe's Tour in All Alive and Merry (1740-42). Notes and Queries, vol. 62, 295-297. doi>
  • Seager NP. 2014. John Bunyan and Socinianism. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 65(3), 580-600. doi>
  • Seager NP. 2013. Samuel Richardson and the Third Volume of Gulliver's Travels. Swift Studies, vol. 28, 128-136.
  • Seager NP. 2012. "He reviews without Fear, and acts without fainting": Defoe's Review. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 46.1, 131-142. doi>
  • SEAGER NP. 2011. Daniel Defoe, the Novel, the Canon, and The Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins. Eighteenth-Century Novel, vol. 8, 31-59. link>
  • Seager NP. 2011. Defoe at 350. Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 45, 142-150. doi>
  • SEAGER NP. 2009. A Note on Buckeridge's 1740 Edition of Roxana. Digital Defoe, vol. 1, 103-104. link>
  • HAMMOND B and SEAGER N. 2009. Jonathan Swift's Historical Novel: The Memoirs of Capt. John Creichton. Swift Studies, vol. 24, 70-87. link>
  • SEAGER N. 2009. Prudence and Plagiarism in the 1740 Continuation of Defoe's Roxana. The Library, vol. 10.4, 357-371. link>
  • SEAGER NP. 2009. The 1740 Roxana: Defoe, Haywood, Richardson, and Domestic Fiction. Philological Quarterly, vol. 88(1-2), 103-126. link>
  • SEAGER NP. 2008. "A Romance the Likest to Truth that I ever Read": History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe's Memoirs of a Cavalier. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 20.4, 479-505. doi> link>
  • SEAGER NP. 2008. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Fiction and Epistemology in Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year. Modern Language Review, vol. 103.3, 639-653. link>

Chapters

  • Seager NP. 2015. The Novel's Afterlife in the Newspaper, 1712-1750. In The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cambridge University Press.
  • Seager NP. 2014. "She will not be that Tyrant they desire": Daniel Defoe and Queen Anne. In Queen Anne and the Arts. Reverand C (Ed.). Lewisburg: Bucknell UP.
  • Seager NP. 2014. Picaresque and Rogue Narratives. In The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789. Day G, Lynch J, et al (Eds.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Seager NP. 2013. Gulliver's Travels Serialized and Continued. In Reading Swift: Papers from the Sixth Muenster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Juhas K, Real HJ, Simon S (Eds.). Munich: Wilhelm Fink.
  • Seager NP. 2013. Introduction, Annotated Bibliography, and Explanatory Notes. In Jane Austen, Lady Susan and Other Works. London: Wordsworth Classics.
  • Seager NP. 2012. Providence, Futurity, and Typology in Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield. In Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson: Resisting Secularism. New M and Reedy, SJ G (Eds.). Newark DE: University of Delaware Press.
  • HAMMOND B and SEAGER N. 2010. "I will have you spell right, let the world go how it will": Swift the (Tor)Mentor’. In Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture. Lee AW (Ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate. link>

I am on research leave during the 2017-18 academic year.

In 2016-17 I ran with Dr Ben Anderson in History an exciting new teaching project designed to help students use Turnitin originality reports.

In 2013 I received a Keele Teaching Excellence Award.

I supervise research students on the MA English Literatures, the MRes Humanities, and PhD. If you are interested in postgraduate work in literature at Keele, please get in touch.