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J. Seth Lee

Instructor of English
Slippery Rock University

J. Seth Lee earned his PhD in English literature from the University of Kentucky in 2014. He currently teaches writing and literature at Slippery Rock University. His scholarship examines questions about the formation of subjectivity and nationalism in the minds of exiles and the development of exile from a “nation” in its modern sense.

Subjects: History, Literature


Seth grew up in rural southwestern Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech in the early 2000s where he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in English. After teaching at Virginia Tech for a year, Seth joined the graduate program at the University of Kentucky, earning his PhD under the direction of Dr. Matthew Giancarlo. After graduation, Seth joined the faculty of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee as a Visiting Professor before moving to Huntsville, Alabama. From there he moved north to Pennsylvania where he teaches writing and literature at Slippery Rock University.


    PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2014
    MA, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, 2007
    BA, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, 2005

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Late medieval literature and drama
    Early modern literature and drama
    Exilic literature
    The Wycliffites
    Reformation Studies
    Early women writers
    Edmund Spenser
    John Milton



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 Featured Title - The Discourse of Exile in Early Modern English Literature - 1st Edition book cover


SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Edmund Spenser’s Mind of Exile and Colonial Apologetics

Published: Dec 07, 2017 by SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Authors: J. Seth Lee
Subjects: History, Literature

This essay examines a complex rhetoric of national identity was at play in the margins of England’s geopolitical borders—a rhetoric that critiques the center of power. Spenser codifies such rhetoric in his polemical and imaginative literature, struggling (but ultimately failing) to defend English colonial expansion.


William Turner's Rhetoric of Exile and National Identity

Published: Feb 01, 2014 by Reformation
Authors: J. Seth Lee
Subjects: History, Literature

This article examines exile’s influence on the formation of an English national identity as it is expressed in the religious polemics of WilliamTurner, demonstrating a ‘‘rhetoric of exile’’ that defines and explores an English national identity formed extra-nationally by forcing readers and authors to takes sides, and by creating an unambiguous ideological platform, codified in the authority of print, a confessional both spiritual and national.