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Sara Černe

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. Northwestern University


Sara Černe’s research and teaching interests focus on environmental studies and American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially African American and Native American literatures and the literatures of the U.S. South. Her classes combine literary studies with cultural analysis, engaging diverse voices and interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks. Sara is a former Franke Fellow at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and a researcher for a Humanities Without Walls project on Indigenous art and activism in the Mississippi River Valley. Her current book project, American Sediments, analyzes the cultural work performed by the frequent focusing of Mississippi River literature on remembering. The project tracks the ways this culturally and generically diverse archive represents the river and the surrounding landscape to make visible their sedimented histories of dispossession and environmental extraction and to access memory that has been submerged in mainstream white settler colonial accounts.

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