Sarah Wasserman

Sarah Wasserman

Sarah Wasserman

Position:Assistant Professor of English
Office:Memorial Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Phone:302.831.3654
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Email:swasser@udel.edu

My research and teaching examine the stories that things can tell, even when they are absent. My first book,The Death of Things: Ephemera in America, is forthcoming in 2020 with The University of Minnesota Press. It examines literary representations of ephemera in American culture from the beginning of the twentieth century until today. I am especially interested in the historical and affective work that objects do in post-war American fiction. How do the material dimensions and preoccupations of literary texts help imagine alternative modes of being and relating? How does literature function as a storage medium for minor and transient objects? My work draws upon materialist phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and media studies to apprehend the way that literature registers the shifting contours of the material world. My next projects—a trade book about feminism and higher education and a scholarly work on digital intimacy—extend my concerns with the relations between subjects and objects. I am the co-editor of Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age (2015) and co-curator of the Stanford Arcade Colloquy, “Thing Theory and Literary Studies.” My work appears or is forthcoming in PMLAContemporary Literature, Post45Literature CompassThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Journal of American Studies. Before joining the English department at the University of Delaware, I taught in Germany at the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. For CMCS, I serve as the faculty mentor for the graduate student working group and co-convened the “Media Old and New” working group with Jason Hill from 2015-2019. I am currently on the Winterthur executive committee.

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