Dr Sarah Meer, Selwyn



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

  • Sarah Meer, "Minstrelsy and Uncle Tom", in The Oxford Handbook of American Drama ed. Jeffrey Richards and Heather Nathans (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Sarah Meer, "Foreign Constellations in a National Drama: Becoming American in Boucicault's Belle Lamar", Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film, 39/2, 2012
  • Sarah Meer, "Public and Personal Letters: Julia Griffiths and Frederick Douglass's Paper", Slavery and Abolition 33, 2012
  • Sarah Meer, "Chapter XXX" Commentary for Uncle Tom's Cabin in the National Era (online republication): Harriet Beecher Stowe-Center, Hartford, 2012. http://nationalera.wordpress.com/further-reading/1753-2/ 
  • Sarah Meer, "Boucicault's Misdirections: Race, Transatlantic Theatre and Social Position in The Octoroon", Atlantic Studies 6, 2009
  • Sarah Meer, "Douglass as Orator and Editor", The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, ed. Maurice E. Lee, 2009
  • Sarah Meer, "Dion Boucicault, the 'Political Shaughraun': Transatlantic Irishness and an International Theatre", Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 10, 2006
  • Denise Kohn, Sarah Meer, Emily B Todd,  "Introduction: Reading Stowe as a Transatlantic Writer", Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture, ed. Denise Kohn, Sarah Meer, and Emily B. Todd (University of Iowa Press, 2006)
  • Sarah Meer, "The Libyan Sibyl: Slavery, Neoclassical Images, and a Non-Atlantic Africa", Complexions of Race: the African Atlantic, eds. Fritz Gysin and Cynthia S. Hamilton, (LIT. Verlag, 2005)
  • Sarah Meer, Uncle Tom Mania: Slavery, Minstrelsy and Transatlantic Culture in the 1850s (University of Georgia Press, 2005)
  • Sarah Meer, "Competing Representations: Douglass, the Ethiopian Serenaders and Ethnic Exhibition in London", Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform, eds. Martin Crawford and Alan Rice (University of Georgia Press, 1999)