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.
Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby
ISBN 9781844087662UEA Repository
Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers: From Charlotte Temple to the Da Vinci Code
Bloomsbury AcademicUEA Repository
Master of Sentiment: The Romances of Nicholas Sparks
In: Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to The Kite Runner.
ISBN 9781441162168UEA Repository
In: Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to the Kite Runner.
ISBN 9781441162168UEA Repository
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.
ISBN 978-1841593487UEA Repository
Introduction to The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
In: The Selected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.
ISBN 9780141195315UEA Repository
Introduction to The Last of the Mohicans
In: The Last of the Mohicans.
The Folio SocietyUEA Repository
Entries in the Little Black Book
In: The Little Black Book;Books.
ISBN 978-84403-588-5UEA Repository
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.
ISBN 978-0141192505UEA Repository
All you need is love?
In: "Time Out" 1000 Books to Change Your Life.
Time Out Group
ISBN 978-1846700521UEA Repository
'"Fuck reality!": Janis Joplin and Performance Anxiety
In: From Self to Shelf: The Artist under Construction.
Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN 1847181376UEA Repository
'“A Daughter of God"
In: Van Gogh’s Ear: The Celebrity Edition.
French Connection PressUEA Repository
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
ISBN 0299217604UEA Repository
'$4000 a Screw': F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and their Prostituted Art
in European Journal of American Culture
pp. 105-130Full Text UEA Repository
The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe
ISBN 0312425651UEA Repository
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
ISBN 1555535569UEA Repository
Secrets and Lies: Plath, Privacy, Publication and Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters
in Contemporary Literature
pp. 102-148UEA Repository
The Naked Truth: Pathography and the Dissection of Marilyn Monroe
in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
pp. 161-85UEA Repository
Ted Hughes and the Corpus of Sylvia Plath
pp. 99-132UEA Repository
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.
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.