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Sarah Allison

Assistant Professor

Sarah Allison
Sarah Allison

Sarah Allison is an Assistant 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.

Degrees

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012

Classes Taught

Areas of Expertise

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