(on leave 2018-19)

Alfred Kentigern Siewers is Associate Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty Member in Environmental Studies. He is on the Steering Committee for Environmental Studies and the Advisory Board for the Place Studies Initiative at Bucknell, and is a former award-winning urban affairs writer at the Chicago Sun-Times and Midwestern correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Illinois
  • M.A., Aberystwyth
  • M.S.J., Northwestern
  • B.A., Brown


  • Medieval studies
  • Christian literature
  • Fantasy
  • Environmental criticis
  • Semiotics

Scholarship and Current Projects

  • Author of Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Medieval Landscape (Palgrave)
  • Editor of Re-Imagining Nature: Environmental Humanities and Ecosemiotics (Bucknell)
  • Co-editor of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley series (Bucknell)
  • Co-editor of Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave).
  • Current projects include a survey of Anglophone literary traditions of nature, and a comparative study of approaches to nature in writings by Coleridge, Priestley, and James and Susan Fenimore Cooper.


  • Scadden Fellowship
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Maxwell Award for Administrative Excellence
  • Supervised two students who won Maxwell Prizes for their work in environmental humanities
  • Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism

Selected Publications

Editor and contributor, Re-Imagining Nature: Environmental Humanities and Ecosemiotics (Bucknell, 2013). Authored "Song, Tree, and Spring: Environmental Meaning and the Environmental Humanities," and "The Ecopoetics of Creation: Genesis LXX 1-3".

"The Periphyseon, the Irish 'Otherworld,' and Early Medieval Nature," in Eriugena and Creation (Brepols, 2014)

"The Green Otherworlds of Early English Literature" in The Cambridge Companion to Environment and Literature (Cambridge, 2013)

"Orthodoxy and Ecopoetics" in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham University Press, 2013)

"Pre-Modern Ecosemiotics: The Green World as Literary Ecology," in The Space of Culture-The Place of Nature (University of Tartu Press 2011)

"Ecopoetics and the Origins of English Literature," in Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2011)

"Spenser's Green World," Early English Studies (2010)

"Ecocriticism" in A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory 2d. ed. (Wiley-Blackwell 2010)

Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscape (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

"Landscapes of Conversion: Guthlac's Mound and Grendel's Mere as Expressions of Anglo-Saxon Nation-Building," in The Postmodern Beowulf (West Virginia University Press 2007)

"The Greyest-Greenest-Bluest Eye: Colours of Martyrdom and Colours of the Winds as Iconographic Landscapes," Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 50 (2005): 31-66

Co-editor and contributor, Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages (2005; paperback edition 2009). Authored "Tolkien’s Cosmic-Christian Ecology"


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