Biography

I joined Keele in 2009, having studied at the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds, and Nottingham. I teach courses across the English Literature 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.

Since April 2020, I have been the Head of the School of Humanities.

Research and scholarship

My research interests are in English Literature from 1660 to 1830. The first is Daniel Defoe, and I have published widely on Defoe in recent years. I am editing Defoe's letters for Cambridge University Press, and was awarded an AHRC fellowship for this project in 2017. I am the co-editor with J. A. Downie (Goldsmiths, University of London) of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Daniel Defoe. With Marc Mierowsky (University of Melbourne) I am also co-editing Defoe’s final novel Roxana, The Fortunate Mistress (1724) for Oxford World’s Classics.

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. In 2020-21 I hold the Fredson Bowers Fellowship from the Bibliographical Society to conduct research on the publication history of Defoe’s Moll Flanders (1722).

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 currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Gulliver’s Travels with Daniel Cook.

I am an elected at-large member of the Daniel Defoe Society and membership officer of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. With Laura Engel (Duquesne University, Pennsylvania), I co-edit the eighteenth-century section of the journal Literature Compass, and I am a senior editor of The Literary Encyclopedia. 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 1660-1830.

Teaching

In 2020-21, I am teaching ENG-30061 Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth-Century Writing (level 6) in semester 2.

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

In 2013 I received a Keele Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching.

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

The PhD students I have supervised to completion are:

Dr Elizabeth Pritchett, ‘Vital Texts: Democratic Intertextuality in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage’ (2017). Second supervisor; Prof. Scott McCracken was lead supervisor.

Dr George Stringer (English), ‘Tilly Kettle’s Portraiture and the Art of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain and India’ (2018).

Dr Hannah Scragg (English), ‘Beyond the Five Towns: A Re-evaluation of Arnold Bennett’ (2019).

My current PhD students are:

Amy Blaney(English), ‘Forming the Arthurian Idyll, 1688-1820’.

Edward Hardiman (History), ‘Codebreaking the Diary of a Georgian Gentleman: The Private Papers of Andrew Hudleston’.

Pilar Botiás(English; University of Córdoba, Spain), ‘“Pleasant Modern Novels”: Congreve’s Incognita in the Making of the English Novel’. Co-supervised with Juan de Dios Torralbo-Caballero (Córdoba).

Selected Publications

  • Seager NP. 2019. Crusoe's Crusade: Defoe, Genocide, and Imperialism. Etudes anglaises, vol. 70.2, 196-212. link> full text>
  • Seager NP. 2018. Pouring out of one vessel into another: Originality and Imitation in Two Modern Adaptations of Tristram Shandy. Adaptation, vol. 11.3, 228-251. doi> full text>
  • Seager NP. 2017. Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession. Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 80(1), 47-69. doi> full text>
  • 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.

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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 N. 2020. Defoe, the Sacheverell Affair, and A Letter to Mr. Bisset (1709). Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. full text>
  • Seager NP. 2019. Crusoe's Crusade: Defoe, Genocide, and Imperialism. Etudes anglaises, vol. 70.2, 196-212. link> full text>
  • Seager NP. 2019. The Clause Proposed in the English Parliament to Prevent the French Goods Being Imported Thro’ Scotland (1707): A New Defoe Attribution. Notes and Queries, vol. 66(1), 83-86. doi> link> full text>
  • Seager NP. 2018. Pouring out of one vessel into another: Originality and Imitation in Two Modern Adaptations of Tristram Shandy. Adaptation, vol. 11.3, 228-251. doi> full text>
  • Seager NP. 2017. Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession. Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 80(1), 47-69. doi> full text>
  • 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. link>
  • Seager NP. 2015. Serialization of Defoe's Tour in All Alive and Merry (1740-42). Notes and Queries, vol. 62, 295-297. doi> link>
  • 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. 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>
  • Seager N. 2020. Defoe's Authorship of A Hymn to the Mob (1715). Notes and Queries, vol. 67(3). full text>

Chapters

  • Seager N. 2020. Biography. In The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Johnson. Lynch J (Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Seager N. 2020. Dissenting Writing. In The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714. McDowell N and Power H (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Seager N. 2019. The Rise of the Novel in Britain, 1660–1780. In Oxford Bibliographies. Hadfield A (Ed.). Oxford University Press. doi> link>
  • Seager NP. 2015. The Novel's Afterlife in the Newspaper, 1712-1750. In The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cook D and Seager N (Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Seager NP. 2015. The Novel's Afterlife in the Newspaper, 1712-1750. In The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Cook D and Seager N (Eds.). Cambridge: 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>