- Associate Professor
- 7165 Helen C. White Hall
- (608) 263-3706
- E-mail Sara Guyer
- British and continental romanticism, critical theory, and holocaust studies
Degrees and Institutions
PhD, Rhetoric, UC-Berkeley, 2001
MA, Rhetoric, UC-Berkeley, 1999
MA, Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick, 1996
BA, English and American Literature, Brandeis University, 1994
- Romanticism after Auschwitz (Stanford University Press)
- Guest Co-Editor (with Steven Miller), Special Issue of Diacritics, “Literature and the Right to Marriage” 35: 4 (2005). Contributors: Branka Arsic, Will Bishop, Peter Fenves, Susannah Young-Ah Gottlieb, and J. Hillis Miller.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Rwanda’s Bones.” Boundary 2 35: 3 (Fall 2008). 33 ms pp. Reprinted in Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland, eds. The Future of Memory (Berghahn Books, 2009).
- “Before The Human Race: Robert Antelme’s Anthropomorphic Poetry.” Critical Survey. Special Issue on “Holocaust Poetry.” 20: 2 (2008): 31-42.
- “Buccality.” Derrida, Deleuze, Psychoanalysis. Ed. Gabriele M. Schwab. New York: Columbia UP, 2007. 77-104.
- “Buccal Reading.” CR: The New Centennial Review. Special Issue on “Remainders: Of Jacques Derrida” 7: 2 (October 2007): 71-86.
- “The Rhetoric of Survival and the Possibility of Romanticism.” Studies in Romanticism. Special Issue on “Romanticism and the Legacies of Jacques Derrida.” (Summer/Fall 2007): 247-63.
- “Introduction: Literature and the Right to Marriage” (co-authored with Steven Miller). Diacritics. Special Issue on “Literature and the Right to Marriage.” 35: 4 (2005). 1-19.
- “’At the Far Edge of this Ongoing Enterprise…’” Legacies of Paul de Man. Ed. Marc Redfield. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007. 77-92. Reprinted from Romantic Circles/Praxis Series. Special Issue on “The Legacies of Paul de Man.” Ed. Marc Redfield (May 2005). http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/deman/guyer/guyer.html.
- “Testimony and Trope in Frankenstein.” Studies in Romanticism 45: 1 (Spring 2006): 77-115.
- “The Pardon of the Disaster.” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism. Special Issue on “Law and Literature” 35: 1 (2006): 85-105.
- “Remembering, Repeating….” (Review Essay on Dominick LaCapra, History in Transit: Experience, Identity, and Critical Theory and Amy Hungerford, The Holocaust of Texts). Contemporary Literature 46: 4 (Winter 2005): 736-45.
- “Breath, Today: Celan’s Translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 71.” Comparative Literature 57:4 (Fall 2005): 328-51.
- “The Girl with the Open Mouth (Through the Looking Glass).” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 9:1 (April 2004): 159-63.
- “Maurice Blanchot.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century European Cultural Theorists. Vol. 2. Ed. Paul Hansom (Gale, 2004): 40-52.
- “Wordsworthian Wakefulness.” The Yale Journal of Criticism. 16:1 (April 2003): 93-112.
- “Being-Destroyed: Anthropomorphizing L’espèce humaine.” Theoretical Interpretations of the Holocaust. Ed. Daniel Stone (Rodopi, 2001): 103-26.
- “Albeit Eating: Toward an Ethics of Cannibalism.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 2.1 (1995): 63-80.
British and Continental Romanticism, critical theory, philosophy and literature, post-Holocaust writing, the lyric.
I am in the process of writing two new books. Romanticism and the Poetics of Homelessness exposes a complex account of homelessness in romanticism best represented by the poet John Clare’s phrase “homeless at home.” Through close readings of Clare (1793-1864) and Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843), I account for a romanticism that is neither local nor cosmopolitan. This understanding of romanticism, also leads to a rethinking of post-romantic theories of nation and identity, for the romantic conception of home (nature, place, etc.) has served as the source of modern conceptions of nation and identity as well as the figure against which contemporary critiques of “national aestheticism” also have been formulated.
The second project, Buccality: A Rhetoric of the Mouth, is a book-length rethinking of the dominance of visual metaphors in literature, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. The project uncovers the importance of the mouth in texts by Freud, M. Klein, Deleuze, Derrida, Nancy, Irigaray, de Man, F. Kittler, Carroll, Artaud, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Beckett, Kafka, and others.
In addition to these books, I am also editing a special issue of the online journal Romantic Circles devoted to “Romanticism and Quasi-Formalism.” Contributors include: William Flesch, Anne-Lise François, Denise Gigante, Charles Mahoney, and Forest Pyle.
I teach English 723: Critical Methods, which is the core course for incoming graduate students. Other recent courses include: “The Theory of Romanticism,” "Romantic Autobiographies,” “Ecstasy, Melancholy, Madness: Reading Romantic Poetry,” “Trauma Theory,” and “Jacques Derrida and Modern Jewish Thought.”
Stanford University Press
Romanticism After Auschwitz reveals how post-Holocaust testimony remains romantic, and shows why romanticism must therefore be rethought. The book argues that what literary historians have traditionally called "romanticism" should be redescribed in light of two circumstances: first, the specific inadequacy of literary-historical models before "romantic" works; and, second, the particular function that these unsettling aspects of "romantic" works have after Auschwitz.