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Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida

Professor Wegner is the author of Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (University of California Press, 2002). He has published articles on topics including twentieth-century culture, utopian fiction, literary theory, cultural studies, spatial theory, globalization, contemporary film, and science fiction, in journals such as Cultural Critique, Utopian Studies, The Comparatist, and Rethinking Marxism. Two of his essays were the recipients of the Battisti Award for Best Essay published in a volume of Utopian Studies. His most recent or forthcoming essays include, “Spatial Criticism: Critical Geography, Space, Place, and Textuality,” in Introducing Criticism at the Twenty-First Century, ed. Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh University Press, 2002); “Soldierboys for Peace: Cognitive Mapping, Space, and Science Fiction as World Bank Literature,” in World Bank Literature, ed. Amitava Kumar (University of Minnesota Press, 2002); and “Where the Prospective Horizon is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog,” in Dark Horizons, eds. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini (Routledge).

He is currently completing a long essay on the work of Fredric Jameson, and another on the politics of space in James Joyce’s Ulysses. He has begun work on two new book projects, the first on the representation of history and political agency in recent science fiction and critical theory; and the second examining responses to “Americanization” and globalization in twentieth-century British literature and culture.

Professor Wegner was the co-organizer of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature International Conference held in Gainesville in Spring, 1997, and served as the program chair for The Society for Utopian Studies conference in 2001. He received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and 2000. His recent graduate seminars include “Introduction to the Geographies of Culture: Theorizing Space and Spatiality,” “Literary History and the Novel,” and “Theorists: Fredric Jameson.” He has taught a wide-range of undergraduate classes in such areas as twentieth century British literatures, Scottish literature, the literature of empire, the contemporary American historical novel, late-nineteenth-century American literatures, science fiction, cultural studies, literary theory, and the fantastic in modern world literature.

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