|Professor of American Literature||
S dot Churchwell at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2293
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities. Her research and teaching expertise are in 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture; biography and autobiography; American film history; gender theory; cultural studies and popular culture. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004), co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012), and author of various articles, chapters and introductions (see research and publications tabs, above). Her new book, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, was published in 2013 (Virago) and will be published in the US in early 2014.
Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph, the Spectator, the Liberal, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and Psychologies, among others, and she is a contributing writer for New Statesman magazine. Radio appearances include Any Questions, Front Row, Woman's Hour, the Jeremy Vine show, Radio Five Live, and various regional radio programmes, and a documentaries for Radio 4 on The Great Gatsby, among other subjects.
Television appearances include Question Time, The Review Show, Sky News Sunrise, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, This Week, The Cinema Show, ITV This Morning, BBC News and World News, Sky News, The DVD Collection, The Sharp End with Clive Anderson, The Last Word, Before the Booker, and various film documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and SkyOne, including Arena’s TS Eliot (BBC2), The Rules of Film Noir (BBC4), and Unfinished Masterpieces (BBC2), as well as the HBO documentary 'Love, Marilyn' (2013). She has been a judge for many literary prizes, including the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), the David Cohen Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the East Anglian Book Awards. She is also a member of the Folio Prize Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Research expertise and teaching experience are in 20th century and contemporary American literature and culture; American film history and theory, gender theory; cultural studies and popular culture; life-writing and literary theory. Her principal interests involve questions of literature, film, cultural value and gender, including the relationship of literature to canon formation, representations of women, feminism, film and visual media; popular culture and the history of popular literature; biography and life-writing; serial fiction and print media; reception histories and the role of audiences/readers; and popular intellectualism.<
Careless People: The Great Gatsby and the Undoing of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virago (Little, Brown), Forthcoming early 2013.
Must Read: Rediscovering the American Bestseller (co-editor with Dr Thomas Ruys Smith, UEA), Continuum, Forthcoming 2012.
|Project Title||Start Date||End Date||Funding Body|
|What Americans Like: Popular Narratives and Mythology in the American 21st Century||3/7/2006||1/10/2006||British Academy|
Churchwell, Sarah (2005) '$4000 a Screw': F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and their Prostituted Art. European Journal of American Culture, 24 (2). pp. 105-130.
Churchwell, Sarah (2001) Secrets and Lies: Plath, Privacy, Publication and Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters. Contemporary Literature, 42. pp. 102-148.
Churchwell, Sarah (1999) The Naked Truth: Pathography and the Dissection of Marilyn Monroe. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. pp. 161-85.
Churchwell, Sarah (1998) Ted Hughes and the Corpus of Sylvia Plath. Criticism, 40 (1). pp. 99-132. ISSN 0011-1589
Churchwell, Sarah (2012) Master of Sentiment: The Romances of Nicholas Sparks. In: Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to The Kite Runner. Continuum. ISBN 9781441162168
Churchwell, Sarah and Ruys Smith, Thomas (2012) Introduction. In: Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to the Kite Runner. Continuum. ISBN 9781441162168
Churchwell, Sarah (2012) Introduction to Flaubert's Parrot and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes. In: The Everyman Edition of Flaubert's Parrot and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. Random House. ISBN 978-1841593487
Churchwell, Sarah (2011) Introduction to The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. In: The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. Penguin. ISBN 9780141195315
Churchwell, Sarah (2011) Introduction to The Last of the Mohicans. In: The Last of the Mohicans. The Folio Society.
Churchwell, Sarah (2010) Introduction to Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. In: Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Penguin Books, p. 672. ISBN 978-0141192505
Churchwell, Sarah (2010) Entries in the Little Black Book. In: The Little Black Book;Books. Penguin. ISBN 978-84403-588-5
Churchwell, Sarah (2007) '"Fuck reality!": Janis Joplin and Performance Anxiety. In: From Self to Shelf: The Artist under Construction. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 148-68. ISBN 1847181376
Churchwell, Sarah and , Time Out Guides Ltd (2007) All you need is love? In: "Time Out" 1000 Books to Change Your Life. Time Out Group. ISBN 978-1846700521
Churchwell, Sarah (2006) Your Sentence Is Mine Too: Reading Sylvia Plath in Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters. In: Literary Couplings: Writing Couples, Collaborators and the Construction of Authorship. University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 260-87. ISBN 0299217604
Churchwell, Sarah (2006) '“A Daughter of God". In: Van Gogh’s Ear: The Celebrity Edition. French Connection Press.
Churchwell, Sarah (2003) Lost among the Ads' : Gentlemen prefer Blondes and the Politics of Imitation. In: Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s. Northeastern University Press, pp. 135-164. ISBN 1555535569
Churchwell, Sarah (2014) Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby. Virago. ISBN 9781844087662
Ruys, Thomas and Churchwell, Sarah, eds. (2013) Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers: From Charlotte Temple to the Da Vinci Code. Bloomsbury Academic.
Churchwell, Sarah (2004) The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Picador. ISBN 0312425651
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