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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 called Competing Forms: Not-Quite Novels of the Long Nineteenth Century, which investigates the overlap between novels and novel-adjacent forms like travel writing, history, and biography, through the perspectives of 19th-century publishers and 21st-century algorithms. 

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

Areas of Expertise

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