Sarah Blackwood

Sarah Blackwood

Associate Professor
Department Chairperson
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English - NYC

Sarah Blackwood



Faculty Bio

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

Research and Creative Works

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.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

AMS 202: Intro to American Studies
AMS 202: Intro to American Studies - LC
AMS 396: Internship in American Studies
AMS 399: Seminar in American Studies
ENG 110: Composition
ENG 120: Critical Writing
ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 201: Wrtng in the Disciplines
ENG 395: Independent Study in English
ENG 396: Wrtng Cltrl Criticism for Web
INT 299: Us & Them in Lit & Politics
LIT 205: Intro to Lit, Culture & Media
LIT 211: The Individual and Society
LIT 212: Early Amrcn Black Live Matter
LIT 212: Women in Literature II
LIT 212: Young Adult Fiction
LIT 319: Intro to Literary Studies
LIT 320: American Literature I
LIT 326: African American Literature
LIT 341: Selfies, Lit and the Visual
LIT 342: Studies in American Literature
LIT 347: American Short Fiction
LIT 379: Feminist Issues in Literature
LIT 499: Senior Year Experience
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty
WS 380: Seminar in Feminist Theory

Publications and Presentations


"Making Good Use of Our Eyes”: Nineteenth-Century African Americans Write Visual Culture
Blackwood, S. (2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Vol 39 (Issue 2) , pages 42-65.

"Seeing Black"
Blackwood, S. (2013). Vol 65 (Issue 4) , pages 927-936.

"So Difficult to Instruct": Re-envisioning Abraham and Tad Lincoln
Blackwood, S. (2013). Common-Place. Vol 13 (Issue 4)

"Isabel Archer's Body"
Blackwood, S. (2010). Henry James Review. Vol 31 (Issue 3) , pages 271-279.

Blackwood, S. (2010, September). David McWhirter (Eds.), Cambridge, Mass , USA:Cambridge University Press. , pages 271-280.

"Fugitive Obscura: Runaway Slave Portraiture and Early Photographic Technology"
Blackwood, S. (2009). American Literature. Vol 81 (Issue 1) , pages 93-126.