Biography

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 in the US in January 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, and a judge of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

All Publications

Churchwell, S.

(2014)

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Virago

ISBN 9781844087662

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Ruys, T. (ed.), Churchwell, S. (ed.)

(2013)

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers: From Charlotte Temple to the Da Vinci Code

Bloomsbury Academic

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(Book)


Churchwell, S.

(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

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Churchwell, S., Ruys Smith, T.

(2012)

Introduction

In: Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to the Kite Runner.

Continuum

ISBN 9781441162168

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Churchwell, S.

(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

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Smith, T., Churchwell, S.

(2012)

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to the Kite Runner

Continuum

ISBN 978-1441162168

(Anthology)


Churchwell, S.

(2011)

Introduction to The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

In: The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.

Penguin

ISBN 9780141195315

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Churchwell, S.

(2011)

Introduction to The Last of the Mohicans

In: The Last of the Mohicans.

The Folio Society

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Churchwell, S.

(2010)

Entries in the Little Black Book

In: The Little Black Book;Books.

Penguin

ISBN 978-84403-588-5

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Churchwell, S.

(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

pp. 672

ISBN 978-0141192505

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Churchwell, S.

(2007)

All you need is love?

In: "Time Out" 1000 Books to Change Your Life.

Time Out Group

ISBN 978-1846700521

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Churchwell, S.

(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

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Churchwell, S.

(2006)

'“A Daughter of God"

In: Van Gogh’s Ear: The Celebrity Edition.

French Connection Press

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Churchwell, S.

(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

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Churchwell, S.

(2005)

'$4000 a Screw': F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and their Prostituted Art

in European Journal of American Culture

24 (2).

pp. 105-130

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Churchwell, S.

(2004)

The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe

Picador

ISBN 0312425651

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Churchwell, S.

(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

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Churchwell, S.

(2001)

Secrets and Lies: Plath, Privacy, Publication and Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters

in Contemporary Literature

42.

pp. 102-148

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Churchwell, S.

(1999)

The Naked Truth: Pathography and the Dissection of Marilyn Monroe

in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

pp. 161-85

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(Article)


Churchwell, S.

(1998)

Ted Hughes and the Corpus of Sylvia Plath

in Criticism

40.

pp. 99-132

UEA Repository

(Article)


Key Research Interests

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.

Recent publications:

Careless People: The Great Gatsby and the Undoing of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virago (Little, Brown) 2013.

Must Read: Rediscovering the American Bestseller (co-editor with Dr Thomas Ruys Smith, UEA), Continuum,  2012.