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Sarah Blackwood

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English - NYC

Location
  • @New York City
Office Hours
New York City

Biography


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.

Education


PhD, Northwestern University, 2009

MA, University of Illinois, 2001

BA, University of Virginia, 1998

Publications


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.

PRESENTATIONS


Blackwood, S. (2016, February 25). "The Critic as Writer". Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


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

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS


Monthly Column: Parenting by the Books [Internet], 2017
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

Avidly.org [Internet], June 2012
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.

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