Meet our Faculty: Sarah Dennis

Sarah Dennissara dennis
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Phone: (217) 206 – 8406
Office: UHB 3071

Teaching Interests:

American Literature and Visual Culture, Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Regional American Literatures, Critical Theory and Research Methodologies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Composition and Professional Writing, Undergraduate Research.


Fall 2013 Courses:

ENG 335 – American Literature to 1865
ENG 365 – Young Adult Literature
ENG 501 – Graduate Critical Theory and Practice


Selected Conference Presentations:

Chair, “New Approaches to Visual Culture,” Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 2013.

“Ekphrasis and Regional Identity in Twain’s ‘The House Beautiful.’” Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Boston, March 2013.

“Phillis Wheatley and Art’s New Geographies in Colonial America.”  Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Seattle, January 2012.

“Reviving ‘a living image of thy native land’: William Cullen Bryant’s commemoration of Thomas Cole.” Southeastern College Art Conference, Savannah College of Art and Design, November 2011.

“‘The Standard of Taste’: Disseminating Aesthetics in the Early Republic.” McNeil Center for Early American Studies Friday Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December 2009.

“‘Our Joint Communion’: Washington Allston’s Construction of a Transatlantic Aesthetic.” “Benjamin Robert Haydon, Romanticism, and the Visual Arts: Romantic Painting, Romantic Writing.” University of Cincinnati, November 2008.