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Sarah Blackwood

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English - NYC

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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.

Blackwood, S. (2010, September). "Psychology". David McWhirter (Eds.), in Henry James in Context, ed David McWhirter, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, Mass, USA: Cambridge University Press. , pages 271-280. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item2707952/?site_locale=en_GB

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

Blackwood, S. (2012, July 9). Summer Institute, "The Visual Culture of the Civil War".
National Endowment for the Humanities , Federal . Funded,


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