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Sarah Allison

Associate Professor

Sarah Allison
Sarah Allison

Sarah Allison is an Associate Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans and the author of Reductive Reading: A Syntax of Victorian Moralizing (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018). She specializes in large-scale textual analysis and the novels and criticism of nineteenth-century Britain. As a member of Stanford’s Literary Lab, she was a co-author of its first pamphlet, “Quantitative Formalism,” a study of style and genre, as well as “Style at the Scale of the Sentence,” and “Canon, Archive and Literary History,” all since reprinted in the volume Canon/Archive: Studies in Quantitative Formalism (n+1 books, 2017). Her work has appeared in ELH, Genre, VLC, and Cultural Analytics, as well as in the New Orleans Review and Public Books. She is currently working on a project about authorship called The Name on the Cover, which uses computational analysis to analyze the forms of co-creation—rewriting, editing, and packaging—texts undergo on their way to publication.

She is affiliated with the Section on the Sociology of Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden.


Ph.D. and M.A., English, Stanford University, 2012; B.A., English, Carleton College

Classes Taught

  • First-Year Seminar: Why Poetry?
  • Reading Poetry
  • Reading Historically II
  • Great Figures: Charles Dickens and Shonda Rhimes
  • Jane Austen and Fan Culture
  • 19th Century British Fiction and Digital Methods
  • Literature of Protest

Areas of Expertise

Victorian Literature, Romanticism, Poetry, Literary Theory, Digital Humanities Methods