1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Austin Hetrick

Degrees

Ph.D. in English Literature, ABD, University of Virginia

M.A. in English Literature, 2015, University of Virginia

B.A. in English Literature (Distinction), 2010, University of Wisconsin, Madison

My research focuses on the environmental humanities. I work on global literatures from the 20th and 21st centuries; food politics; modernism; law and literature; energy systems; and advertising. My dissertation investigates the language of environmental limits, which I take both as something people face (when the world seems to push back) and as something people do (reducing ourselves, our consumption, and especially our language).

Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Specialties

Modern & Contemporary

Fellowships

  • Commonwealth Fellowship, English Department, University of Virginia, 2012-2016

Awards

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Award, Spring 2015
  • Summer Graduate Research and Travel Grant, UVA, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Thomas J. Griffis Prize for Graduate Student Paper in English – First year award, 2012
  • Book Store Academic Excellence Award for independent research, University of Wisconsin, “Escaping the Subject: J.M. Coetzee and Posthumanism,” 2011
  • Mary Brabyn Wackman Scholarship, English Department, University of Wisconsin, 2010

Conferences

  • “Less: the Instant of Consumption in M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf.” Modernist Studies Association. Boston. November 2015
  • “Done With the Past(oral)? New Nature Writing, Irony, and Enchantment.” American Literature Association. Washington, D.C. May 2015
  • “‘Inventing the Steps’: The Function of Play in Woolf’s Voyage Out.” At Play in the Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945. Depaul University, Chicago, IL. June 2013

Courses

  • Writing About Environment (Instructor) – First year writing seminar organized around environment, broadly conceived.
  • Modern and Contemporary Environmental Literature (Instructor) – This course introduces students to global environmental literature through the concepts of realism, global literature, and slow violence, and through the literatures of the American West, the Niger Delta, and Apartheid South Africa.
  • History of English Literatures II and III (TA) – Survey courses.

Service

  • Organizer, Helon Habila reading, November, 2015
  • 20th century reading group co-chair, 2013-2014
  • Conference co-chair, Reading Then and Now conference, spring, 2014
  • Marketing committee, Subject to Change graduate student conference, spring, 2013
  • Session moderator, Subject to Change graduate student conference, spring, 2013

Affiliations

  • Environmental Humanities Colloquium, University of Virginia, 2014-2015
  • Member, Graduate English Student Association, University of Virginia, 2012-present
  • Modernist Studies Association, member 2015-present
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, member 2015-present