Dr Sarah Meer, Selwyn

Dr Sarah Meer

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Biographical Information:

Sarah Meer is a Senior University Lecturer in English, and is also a Fellow and a Director of Studies at Selwyn College.

She took her BA and PhD degrees at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was the Keasbey Research Fellow in American Studies at Selwyn College between 1995-1998. She lectured at Nottingham Trent University during 1998-2003.

Her book Uncle Tom Mania was a finalist for the George Freedley Memorial Award and was widely reviewed, including in Victorian Studies, New England Quarterly, Legacy, American Literature, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Southern History, Journal of African American History, American Literary Scholarship, Civil War Book Review, Slavery and Abolition. Its first chapter has been reprinted in Elizabeth Ammons, ed. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook (Oxford University Press, 2007) and partially reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (Chelsea House, 2008).

Current research projects grow out of the different strands of Uncle Tom Mania: — transatlantic cultural connections in the nineteenth century; the textual and performative cultures of abolition; the nineteenth-century stage.

Research Interests:

Nineteenth-century literature and culture: American, British and Transatlantic. Nineteenth-century fiction and popular theatre, especially minstrelsy, melodrama and comedy. African American literature. Transatlantic educations.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

Nineteenth-century and American topics.


Selected Publications