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. (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.
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.
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.