Reno, Seth

Phone: 334-244-3384
Office Number: 359A

Title: Distinguished Research Associate Professor
Department: English and Philosophy
Phone: 334-244-3384
Email: [email protected]
Building: Liberal Arts

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Seth T. Reno is Distinguished Research Associate Professor of English, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, ecocriticism, affect theory, climate fiction, and the environmental humanities. He regularly teaches classes in these areas, as well as literature surveys and writing courses. Seth hails from Ohio, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Before joining AUM in 2013, he taught at Wittenberg University, Ohio State, and Columbus State Community College. He is author of Early Anthropocene Literature in Britain, 1750–1884 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Amorous Aesthetics: Intellectual Love in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, 1788–1853 (Liverpool University Press, 2019); editor of The Anthropocene: Approaches and Contexts for Literature and the Humanities (Routledge, 2021) and Romanticism and Affect Studies (Romantic Circles Praxis Series, 2018); and co-editor (with Lisa Ottum) of Wordsworth and the Green Romantics: Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century (University of New Hampshire Press, 2016). He has also published dozens journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.

Dr. Reno is currently working on two projects. The first is a critical edition of William Delisle Hay’s novella The Doom of the Great City (1880), which imagines an environmental catastrophe caused by a poisonous London fog in the late nineteenth century. He is co-editing this story with Allison Hamilton, a current graduate student in AUM’s Master of Liberal Arts program. The second project is an anthology of lesser-known industrial writers, tentatively titled Popular British Industrial Writings: A Critical Anthology. It contains hundreds of relatively unknown (and often unpublished) poems, essays, and other forms of writing that chronicle the British Industrial Revolution. He received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to fund this project.

In addition to literature, Dr. Reno has a passion for food and travel: he loves cooking, he teaches courses on food and culture, he has undertaken several domestic and international research trips and study abroad courses, and he once came in fourth place at a burger-eating competition (he has since given up his professional food-eating aspirations).

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