Sara Guyer

Professor and Dean, Arts and Humanities

Sara Guyer researches, writes, and lectures on romanticism and its legacies. She is the author of Romanticism After Auschwitz (Stanford 2007) and Reading with John Clare: Biopoetics, Sovereignty, Romanticism (Fordham 2015) and has edited special issues of Diacritics, Romantic Circles, and South Atlantic Quarterly. With Brian McGrath, she coedits the book series Lit Z.

From 2016 to 2022, Guyer served as the President of the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). She regularly speaks on the global and public humanities and currently edits The World Humanities Report, a large scale project with over a dozen research teams on six continents.

For more than a decade, beginning in 2008, she directed the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Dorothy P. Draheim Professor of English. During this period, she established new coalitions between the public university and public-serving institutions; introduced graduate fellowships and curricula for the public humanities; formed new programs for faculty research; and ran an annual humanities conference for high school students and teachers.

In Fall 2021, Sara Guyer began her term as Dean of Arts & Humanities.

Selected Publications


Reading with John Clare: Biopoetics, Sovereignty, Romanticism. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. 

Romanticism after Auschwitz. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. 

Edited Volumes

Life after Biopolitics (with Richard Keller), a special edition of South Atlantic Quarterly.

Romantic Materialities (with Celeste Langan), a special edition of Romantic Circles Praxis Series

Literature and the Right to Marriage (with Steven Miller), a special issue of Diacritics

Assistant Editor, Laurie Anderson, Stories from the Nerve Bible: A Twenty-Year Retrospective (HarperCollins, 1994).

Selected Articles and Chapters

“'An Archive of Intimate Destruction: The Last of the Unjust and the Endurance of Testimony.” Yale French Studies. Special Issue on “Lanzmann after Shoah” (2022).

“Critical Anthropomorphism after #MeToo: Reading The Friend.” Diacritics. Winter 2020.

Frankenstein in Practice” in Frankenstein in Theory: A Critical Anatomy. Ed. Orrin Wang. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

“The Humanities Center as Synergising Institution.” Global University Network for Innovation Higher Education in the World Report. 7th Edition.  Paris: UNESCO, 2019.

“Here There is No After (Richter’s History)” in The Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism. Eds. Jacques Khalip and Forest Pyle. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.  70-85.

“The Ends of Misreading: Propaganda, Democracy, Literature.” Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies. Ed. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo (Oxford University Press, 2013): 361-72.

“Rwanda’s Bones.” Boundary 2 36: 2 (Summer 2009). 155-75.  Reprinted in Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland, eds.  The Future of Memory (Berghahn Books, 2010).

“Buccality.”  Derrida, Deleuze, Psychoanalysis.  Ed. Gabriele M. Schwab. New York: Columbia UP, 2007.  77-104.

 “The Rhetoric of Survival and the Possibility of Romanticism.” Studies in Romanticism. Special Issue on “Romanticism and the Legacies of Jacques Derrida.” Ed. David Clark (Summer/Fall 2007): 247-63.

“’At the Far Edge of this Ongoing Enterprise…’” Legacies of Paul de Man. Ed. Marc Redfield. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.  77-92.


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