Sarah Faulkner (she/her/hers)

Sarah Faulkner

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Ph.D., English, Textual and Digital Studies Certificate, University of Washington, 2020
M.Sc., Literature and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2013
B.A., English, Chapman University, 2012
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I focus on Romanticism, 18/19C, Women’s Writing, Scottish Studies, and Book History, and hold a Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies. My dissertation, “Jane Porter in the Margins: Paratext in the Romantic National Novel,” studies Jane Porter’s novel The Scottish Chiefs (1810) as a case study of Romantic female authorship in which Porter asserts women’s power to shape conceptions of national identity. I argue that she uses paratext to assert authority over national and historical topics usually barred to female novelists, and that while critics have dismissed her novel as inaccurate and sentimental, this emotion is a key source of her political power as a female narrator of history. While Porter presented a modest feminine authorial persona to her public, my archival and bibliographical study reveals a politically engaged woman writer seeking to serve her nation from the margins.

I also study 18/19C women's autobiographies, letters, manuscripts, and afterlives, along with Romantic celebrity culture and authorship networks, focusing on Jane Austen, Jane Porter, Sydney Owenson, Germaine de Staël, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Hays, and Lady Caroline Lamb. 

I have taught literature courses on The Age of Romanticism, British Literature 1700-1900, The Rise of the English Novel, as well as writing courses on Harry Potter, Jane Austen, and Witches & Monsters in Fiction. Outside of my teaching, I am the Program Manager for Humanities Washington and also give public-facing talks on my research. I have recently presented for the UW Alumni Association, Gothic Women Project, and Celtic Arts Foundation. 

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Fellow, Keats-Shelley Association of America / Romantic Circles 2022
UW Husky 100 2019
UW Míċeál F. Vaughan Scholarship 2019
UW Susanna J. McMurphy Fellowship 2019
ASECS Traveling Jam Pot Award 2019
UW Chester Fritz International Research Fellowship 2019
UW Excellence in Teaching Award 2018
New York Public Library Short-Term Fellowship 2018
McGill-ASECS Fellowship 2018
UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation Student Travel Award 2018
UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Grant 2018
Jane Austen Society of North America- Puget Sound Essay Contest Winner 2017
UW Textual Studies Research Award 2017
North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Travel Grant 2017
York Georgian Society and Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Bursary 2017
Katherine Sharpless Coyle Graduate Scholarship, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation 2017
UW Textual Studies Research Award 2016
Trollope Prize 2015
UW Richard J. Dunn First Year Teaching Award 2015
Betty B. and James B. Lambert Scholarship Award, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation 2014


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American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS), Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), British Association of Romanticism Studies (BARS), North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), North American of Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Modern Language Association (MLA)

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