Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Office Phone Number
: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 914
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Teaching and Research Interests:
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; intellectual history; literary modernism; theories of ethnicity, race, pluralism, democracy, and cosmopolitanism; history of science and social sciences.
Hon. B.A. (Toronto); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Columbia).
Sarah Wilson teaches and researches in the areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with a focus on how questions of identity, political participation, and literary form intersect. Her book Melting-Pot Modernism
, published by Cornell University Press in 2010, connects the idea of the melting pot, a turn-of-the-century trope for social change and exchange, with the formal experimentalism of early American modernism. Current projects include a study of representations of political corruption in American writings of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (“Uncouth Democracy: Corruption and Quantification in the Gilded Age”); an investigation of public science and literary experimentalism (“American Literary Experiment in the Age of Pasteur”); a collection of essays about modernist communities (co-edited with Caroline Pollentier of Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and Vincent Bucher of Université Stendhal-Grenoble); essays on epistolarity and the origins of “identity politics” and on nineteenth-century political caricature and international notoriety.
(Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2010). 254 pp.
“Black Folk by the Numbers: Quantification in Du Bois.” Forthcoming, American Literary History
“Cosmopolitan Cordelia: Jane Addams’s Industrial Parables.” MLQ
75.4 (December 2014): 459-486.
"New York and the Novel of Manners." In The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York
, ed. Cyrus Patell and Bryan Waterman (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010), 121-133.
“The Evolution of Ethnicity.” ELH
76.1 (2009): 247-276.
“Gertrude Stein and the Radio.” Modernism/modernity
11.2 (April 2004): 261-278.
“Melville and the Architecture of Antebellum Masculinity.” American Literature
76.1 (March 2004): 59-87.
“‘Fragmentary and Inconclusive’ Violence: National History and Literary Form in The Professor’s House
.” American Literature
75.3 (September 2003): 571-599.