Sarah Wyman teaches 20th and 21st century North American and European literature & theory with an emphasis on poetry and drama. She is the Director of the Faculty Development Center and a co-coordinator of the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  

Teaching and Research Interests

Rhetorics of representation in 20th & 21st-century U.S. comparative literature, poetics, drama, literary theory, women’s and gender studies

Sarah Wyman holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University (1988), an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University (1992), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). She earned a certificate in French Literature from L’Institut d’Études Françaises d’Avignon (1994). Her dissertation Painting the Poetic Image: Laokoön Reconsidered offers a critique of Gotthold Lessing’s watershed text on the sister arts. The parallel languages of poetry and painting exemplified in borderline texts by U.S., French, and Spanish poets and visual artists test Lessing’s claims as to genre limits defined in terms of time and space.

Before joining the SUNY New Paltz English Department in 2005, Sarah Wyman taught courses in 20th century U.S. poetry, gender studies, and African-American women’s literature at the University of Konstanz in southern Germany.

Courses Taught

Engendering Voice: 20th Century U.S. Poetry, Literary Criticism & Theory, Studies in Word & Image, Creative Writing, U.S. Literature survey, American Women Writers, Modern Drama, Women in Literature, Graduate Proseminar, African-American Women Writers, French Language, ESL, Composition.

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