Department of English

Seth McKelvey

Seth McKelvey Instructor
8008 Haley Center

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 12:00-3:00 pm


Seth McKelvey received his Ph.D. Southern Methodist University. He specializes in 20th and 21st century American literature, with a particular interest in anarchist politics and economics. He is currently finishing his book, No Exit: The Poetics of Escape in Postmodernist and Contemporary American Literature​, which considers how literary formal and thematic concerns over the past fifty years have been inflected by to imagine political philosophy’s unimaginable—escape from representation within the state​.​


Representative Publications


“Beyond Protest: Contemporary Poetics of Voice and Exit”, forthcoming at American Literature

 “Unstate: Disarticulating State Knowledge and Joan Didion’s Democracy”, forthcoming at Journal of Modern Literature

“‘But one kind’ of Life: Thoreau’s Subjective Theory of Value in Walden”, Nineteenth-Century Literature (March 2016)

Last Updated: January 22, 2020