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.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012
- Reading Poetry
- Victorian England
Areas of Expertise
Victorian Literature, Romanticism, Poetry, Literary Theory, Digital Humanities Methods