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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.

Degrees

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