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Jesse Montgomery

Jesse Montgomery studies American Literature and film, 1900 to present. His research interests include environmental criticism, theories of catastrophe, literature post-45, and creative non-fiction. He is a founding editor of the literary review Full Stop (


Professional Honors:

  • John M. Aden Award for excellence in graduate student writing for "Earth Interregnal: Lars Von Trier's Melancholia and the Morbid Symptom", Vanderbilt University, 2016
  • EOS Project Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2015-2016


Representative Presentations and Publications:

  • “On Philly Schools” in City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis. Ed. Keith Gessen and Steven Squibb (n+1 and Faber and Faber), 2015.

  • "What is the Zone and Are We in It? Visions of the Anthropocene in Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, Go East!

  • "Hawthorne and the Hippies: Reason and Collapse in the Commune Novel", Community, Reason, Tragedy, University of Chicago Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2015

  • "Comments on 'On Responsibility and the (non)biodegradable: Derrida and Nuclear Waste", Eco-Destruction: Derrida and Environmental Ethics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 2015

  • "Engaging Publics Outside the Academy: Scholarship in Alternative Venues" (Panel presentation; Prof. Michael Schapira, chair), The Blues, Soul Music: Making Philosophy of Education in 2015, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, March 2015