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. I am currently finishing a book entitled The Death of Things: Ephemera in America, which examines literary representations of ephemeral objects 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 contemporary 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 an archive for minor or 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.  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 has appeared in Contemporary Literature, Literature Compass, The 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 Berlin.

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