I am Assistant Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining UD, I was Assistant Professor at the JFK Institute of North American Studies in Berlin, Germany. I received my Ph.D. from the department of English at Princeton University in 2013. I hold an MA in Humanities from The University of Chicago and a BA in English and Biology from Kenyon College. I teach courses in American literature from the 19th century until today, as well as literary theory, popular culture, and media studies.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be a faculty fellow in the “Stuff” Forum at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, material culture studies, critical theory (especially psychoanalysis and affect theory), media studies, and critical race studies. I am currently finishing my first monograph entitled The Death of Things: Ephemera in America, which examines literary representations of ephemeral objects in American culture from the beginning of the twentieth century until today.
My work appears in Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, The Journal of American Studies, and Literature Compass. A volume called Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age, which I co-edited, was published in 2015 with Palgrave Macmillan. With Patrick Moran, I curate the “Thing Theory and Literary Studies” colloquy on the Stanford Arcade website.
Contact: swasser [@] udel.edu
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