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Department of English Language and Literature


Sarah Tanner

Title: Graduate Student
PhD Student, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Sarah Tanner


BA in English Literature (Pacific Union College, 2021)

20th Century American Literature, ecocriticism, affect theory


I received my undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in British and American literature from Pacific Union College in California's Napa Valley. There, I developed a love for American 20th-century literature, especially the novels of John Steinbeck, which lend themselves to ecocritical analysis and the study of affective ecologies. I currently serve as the graduate student delegate for the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, and I teach First Year English, as well. When I'm not reading and researching, I spend most of my time outdoors, hiking with my cream retriever, Hemingway. 

My most recent publication can be found in ISLE: Interdisciplinary studies in Literature and the Environment, and is titled "Under Strange and Evil Stars: Ecologies of Pain in Steinbeck's 'To A God Unknown.’"

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.