Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English - NYC
- @New York City
New York City
Sarah Blackwood researches and teaches American literature, culture, and art with a particular focus on nineteenth-century visual culture, African American literature, and the history of inner life. She is currently working on a monograph about nineteenth-century portraiture and the invention of inner life, is co-founder and co-editor of the web magazine Avidly, and co-editor of the book series (NYU Press) Avidly Reads. She writes literary and cultural criticism regularly for national outlets.
Dr. Blackwood teaches courses on nineteenth-century American literature and art, African American literature, American Studies, gender studies, popular and young adult fiction, high/low culture, and writing cultural criticism for the web.
PhD , Northwestern University , 2009
MA , University of Illinois , 2001
BA , University of Virginia , 1998
Blackwood, S. (2019). Avidly Reads Book Series. http://https://nyupress.org/series/avidly-reads/
Blackwood, S. (2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). "Making Good Use of Our Eyes”: Nineteenth-Century African Americans Write Visual Culture. MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Vol 39 (Issue 2) , pages 42-65. http://melus.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/04/17/melus.mlu014.short?rss=1
Blackwood, S. (2013). "Seeing Black". Vol 65 (Issue 4) , pages 927-936.
Blackwood, S. (2013). "So Difficult to Instruct": Re-envisioning Abraham and Tad Lincoln. Common-Place. Vol 13 (Issue 4) http://www.common-place.org/vol-13/no-04/notes/
Blackwood, S. (2010). "Isabel Archer's Body". Henry James Review. Vol 31 (Issue 3) , pages 271-279.
David McWhirter (Eds.), in Henry James in Context, ed David McWhirter, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, Mass, USA: Cambridge University Press.
, pages 271-280.
Blackwood, S. (2009). "Fugitive Obscura: Runaway Slave Portraiture and Early Photographic Technology". American Literature. Vol 81 (Issue 1) , pages 93-126.
Blackwood, S. (2016, February 25). "The Critic as Writer". Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas
Blackwood, S. (2016, January 10). Modern Language Association. Race and Nineteenth-Century Media. Austin
Blackwood, S. (2015, October 15). "Hand in Mind: X Ray Portraiture and the Invention of Inner Life". Pomona College, Claremont, California
Blackwood, S. (2015, October 9). American Studies Association. "Re-making Institutions for Resistance: The Present and Future of the Public Intellectual". Toronto, ON
Blackwood, S. (2015, September 15). "Avid Criticism". Columbia University, New York, NY
Blackwood, S. (2014, November 7). American Studies Association. "Selfie Nation". Los Angeles, CA
Blackwood, S. (2014, March 15). C19: Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists. "Editing the Commons". Chapel Hill, NC
Blackwood, S. (2013, April). American Comparative Literature Association. "The Slave in the Portrait Gallery". Toronto, CA
Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts
(2012, July 9).
Summer Institute, "The Visual Culture of the Civil War".
National Endowment for the Humanities , Federal . Funded,
Monthly Column: Parenting by the Books [Internet],
On parenting and classic literary texts
Men Like Him [Internet],
December 28 2017
On the Lawrence Seldens of today
"Room" is the "Crash" of Feminism [Internet],
November 4 2015
The Woman Wild [Internet],
October 16 2014
Review of Marilynne Robinson's novel "Lila"
Editing as Carework: On the Gendered Labor of Public Intellectuals [Internet],
June 6 2014
Dance Dance Revelation [Internet],
September 18 2012
An essay on the narrative conventions of reality television and theories of bodily emotion. Republished on Salon.com
Co-founder and co-editor.
"Our Bella, Ourselves" [Internet],
November 16 2011
An essay on the Twilight saga, feminism, and traditions of female heroism in American literature since the 18th century.