Nicole Seymour

Membership:  2013/2014

Member Bio

Nicole Seymour works on contemporary American literature, film, and culture, with a special interest in environmental cultural studies. Her research maps out alternative traditions of environmental activism and affect. Her first book,Strange Natures, rereads well-known queer novels and films as ecologically-minded. At the Rachel Carson Center, she will be working on her second book project, tentatively titled Bad Environmentalism: Affective Dissent in the Ecological Age. Nicole received her PhD in English from Vanderbilt University before taking a visiting assistant professor post at the University of Louisville. She is now assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


  • "Down with People: Queer Tendencies and Troubling Racial Politics in Antinatalist Discourse." In International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism, edited by Simon Estok, Greta Gaard, and Serpil Oppermann. Routledge, 2013.
  • "'It's Just Not Turning Up': Cinematic Vision and Environmental Justice in Todd Haynes' Safe." Cinema Journal 50, no. 4 (2011): 26–47.
  • "Irony and Contemporary Ecocinema: Theorizing a New Affective Paradigm." Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology and Film, edited by Alexa Weik von Mossner. Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013. (Forthcoming)
  • Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • "Toward an Irreverent Ecocriticism." Journal of Ecocriticism 4, no. 2 (2012): 56–71.