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Sarah Townsend

Sarah Townsend
Assistant Professor
English, College of Arts & Sciences
UD Dakota Hall 204
Phone: 605-677-6502
Sarah L. Townsend specializes in modern and contemporary Anglophone literature with an emphasis in Irish Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on British and Irish modernism, contemporary fiction and drama, Anglophone world literature, postcolonialism, and human rights. Her work appears in the Journal of Modern Literature, Modern Drama, and the edited collection Animals in Irish Culture (Palgrave, 2014). She is completing her first monograph, supported by a 2014-15 Visiting Fellowship at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, which examines Irish literature’s radical transformation of developmental discourses during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Teaching Interests:
British, Irish, and Anglophone literature; modernism; drama; postcolonial and world literature; critical theory
Research Interests:
Modern and contemporary Irish and British literature; nationalism and globalization theory; postcolonialism; economics and literature
  • Ph D, English, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • BA, English, History, University of Michigan, 2002