Professor Sarah Churchwell

Contact details

Name:
Professor Sarah Churchwell
Position:
Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities
Institute:
School of Advanced Study
Email address:
Sarah.Churchwell@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Culture, English Literature, Screen Studies
Research keywords:
American literature, English literature, American culture, Hollywood 1930-present, Biography, Reception history, American history
Regions:
North America
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I research topics relating to the American novel of the long 20th century (Henry James to the present), with specific focus on F. Scott Fitzgerald and his circle, Henry James and his circle, the American 1920s and 1930s, American modernism and the marketplace American cinema in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, American bestsellers (from the 18th century to the present), and celebrity American authors. My methodologies focus on biographical criticism, reception history and literary history. I am particularly interested in the intersection of biography, authorship, celebrity and the marketplace.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2018 “Echoes of the Twenties,” in Ichiro Takayoshi, ed., American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930

Chapters

01-Jun-2017 “In Search of Bunny Burgess, or Down the Rabbit Hole: Glorified Anecdotes, Secret Histories, and The Great Gatsby.”

Journal articles

01-Dec-2016 “‘The Balzacs of America’: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Burton Rascoe, and the Lost Review of The Great Gatsby.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Review

Chapters

01-Jan-2016 “Trashing Marilyn: Reflections of a Metabiographer.” Film, Fashion and Consumption special issue on Marilyn Monroe

Journal articles

15-Jan-2015 “Making the Social Register: Reading the Scrapbooks of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, 1920-1925,” in Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen, eds., First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics

Chapters

01-Jan-2015 “Literary Spirits.” Journal of Transatlantic Studies

01-Jan-2014 Forgotten Fitzgerald: Echoes of a Lost America.

Edited Book

15-Jun-2013 Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Monographs

01-Jul-2012 “Introduction: Must Read,” co-authored with Thomas Ruys Smith, in Churchwell and Ruys Smith, eds. Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

Chapters

12-Jun-2012 Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

Edited Book

01-Jan-2012 “Master of Sentiment: The Romances of Nicholas Sparks,” in Churchwell and Ruys Smith, eds., Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

Chapters

01-Jan-2011 Pale Horse, Pale Rider: The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

Edited Book

10-Jun-2010 Introduction to Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Chapters

01-Jan-2007 “Janis Joplin and Performance Anxiety.” From Self to Shelf: The Artist Under Construction, ed. Sally Bayley

Chapters

01-Jan-2006 “‘Your Sentence Is Mine Too’: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and The Prison-House of Collaboration.” Literary Couplings, ed. Marjorie Stone and Judith Thompson

Chapters

01-Aug-2005 “’$4000 a Screw’: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and their Prostituted Art.” European Journal of American Culture (Summer 2005)

Journal articles

14-Jun-2004 The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe

Monographs

01-Jan-2003 “‘Lost Among the Ads’: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the Politics of Imitation.” Middlebrow Moderns: Popular Women Writers and the Literary Market of the 1920s, ed. Lisa Botshon and Meredith Goldsmith

Chapters

01-Apr-2001 “Secrets and Lies: Plath, Privacy, Publication and Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters.” Contemporary Literature

Journal articles

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Dec-2015 The Turn of the Offended: Clientelism in the Wake of El Salvador’s 2009 Elections

PeerReviewed

Drawing on fieldwork in a Salvadoran municipio during and after the 2009 presidential elections, this article explores how the affective dynamics involved in elections and routine politics might inform us about the conditions of possibility for specific political imaginaries. Passions ran high among ordinary Salvadorans on both the left and right, as allusions to wartime unsettled political divisions and offences. For many disaffected Salvadorans, the victory of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front—a former guerrilla organization—opened up a political horizon previously foreclosed during the post-war era. I show how ordinary Salvadorans’ post-election engagement with state officials and FMLN party leaders through clientelist practices evidenced their desire for qualitative state transformation, as well as the extent to which they conceive of themselves as citizens through the state.

Jan-2013 The Violence of Cold War Polarities and the Fostering of Hope: The 2009 Elections in Post-War El Salvador

PeerReviewed

Apr-2015 The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond

PeerReviewed

This commentary seeks to engage the issue of ‘impact’ in social anthropology by scrutinising the topic of open access. Drawing on the discussions that took place at the interna- tional conference ‘FAQs about Open Access: The Political Economy of Knowledge in Anthro- pology and Beyond’, held in October 2014 in Madrid, we suggest that addressing the topic of open access allows a two-fold goal. On one hand, it elucidates that public debates about open access rely on a rather minimalist notion of openness that does not yield an adequate under- standing of what is at stake in those debates. On the other, we argue that expanding the notion of openness does not only allow us to revisit the debate concerning what we do as academics, how we do it and what its value is, but also to do so going beyond current notions of ‘impact’ and ‘public value’ underpinned by the principle of economic efficiency in a context of increas- ingly reduced research funds.

Oct-2014 FAQs about Open Access: The Political Economy of Knowledge in Anthropology and Beyond

NonPeerReviewed

This publication is prior to the conference/workshop FAQs About Open Access – The Political Economy of Publishing in Anthropology and Beyond, held at Medialab-Prado (Madrid) on the 16th and 17th of October 2014. We, as conference conveners and members of the Research Group on Anthropology with a Public Orientation (GIAOP), are interested in the current debates about open access and it is out of that shared interest that this conference emerges. It has been more than a decade since the first declarations for open and free access to publicly-funded scientific knowledge were issued (the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002 and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access one year after). Even though the debate has proliferated with strength in the Anglo-American academia in the last few years, we think that the way in which it has done so is extremely narrow, limited to putting forth proposals for how to make academic publications available online —and generally not questioning the business models and the very academic practices that have led to “capture/enclose” knowledge in the first place.

Jun-2014 Ethnographies of the Opportunities and Risks of Neoliberalisation

NonPeerReviewed

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