Tracy Seeley grew up mostly in Kansas, and like many young
Kansans, couldn't wait to leave. Going back thirty years
later is the subject of her forthcoming book, My Ruby Slippers: the Road Back to
Kansas (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). Always a book
lover growing up, she also loved biology and had a hard time in
college deciding between English and Biology. Literature finally
won out, and she finished her B.A. in English from the University
of Dallas. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in 19th-and 20th-century
British literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She came
to USF in 1993, after teaching for five years at Yale University in
the literature and Bass Writing programs.
Dr. Seeley's literary research has focused primarily on
the period between 1880 and 1939, with publications on Virginia
Woolf, Rebecca West, Joseph Conrad, Victorian women essayists, the
poet and essayist Alice Meynell, and the 1890s Metaphysical Poetry
Revival. Her creative work in nonfiction grew out of her teaching
experience at Yale, where she fell in love with the essay. She
began writing literary nonfiction during her year as NEH Chair in
the Humanities at USF (2004-2005); as Chair, she also organized a
two-week campus-wide arts event and a scholarly symposium devoted
to the idea of place. That work eventually became My Ruby
Slippers. She has also published literary nonfiction in
journals such as the Florida Review and Prairie
In the course of working on her book, Dr. Seeley became
interested in the relation of literature to environmental thought,
and has taught courses in Literature and Environment for
USF's Core curriculum in literature. She is currently
working on a series of essays about cities, humans and the natural
Dr. Seeley received the Distinguished Teaching Award at USF in
2001. She has been a finalist for the Iowa Review nonfiction award
and the Brenda Ueland Nonfiction Prize. Her co-authored screenplay
short won a Bronze Remy at the Houston International Film Festival,
and she was a fellow of the Edward Albee Center for Creative
Persons, fondly known as "The Barn."
Ph.D., Victorian and Modernist British Literature, University of Texas, Austin, 1988
B.A. English, University of Dallas, 1978
Poetry and Prose of the 1890s
- British Modernism
- Victorian Poetry and Prose
- Literature and the Environment
- Creative Nonfiction
My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas (University of
Nebraska Press, 2011).
"Cartographies of Change." Prairie Schooner
"Monument Rocks." The Florida Review (Winter 2008).
"What the Prairie Teaches." Kansas English 92.1 (Spring
"My Mother's Hands." The World is a Text:
Writing, Reading and Thinking About Culture and its
Contexts. 2nd edition. Eds. Jonathan
Silverman and Dean Rader. Prentice Hall, 2006.
Selected Academic Publications:
"'O Brother What Art Thou?': Thoughts on
Postmodern Pranksterism," Post Script 27.2 (Winter/Spring
"Flights of Fancy: Spatial Digression and Storytelling in A Room of
One's Own." Locating Woolf: The Politics of
Space and Place. Eds. Anna Snaith and
Michael H. Whitworth. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
"'The sun shines on a world re-arisen to
pleasure': The Fin-de-Siècle Metaphysical Revival."
Compass (online, Blackwell) 3/2 (2006): 195-217.
"The Fair Light Mystery of Images': Alice
Meynell's Metaphysical Poetry." Journal of Victorian
Literature and Culture 34.2 (2006): 663-84.
"'Taking Life Greatly to Heart': Alice
Meynell's Essays." Women's
Studies 27 (1998): 105-130.
"Virginia Woolf's Poetics of Space in 'The Lady
in the Looking-Glass: a Reflection'." Woolf Studies
Annual 2 (1996): 89-116.
"Victorian Women's Essays and Dinal Mulock's
Thoughts: Creating an Ethos for Argument." Prose Studies
19.1 (April 1996): 89-116.
Reviews published in Review of English Studies, Brevity,
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, The
Women's Review of Books, The San Francisco Chronicle,
and Yale Review.
Co-author of screenplay for a 35-minute short film,
Crocodile. Won the Bronze Remy for screenplay
adaptation at the Houston International Film Festival in