Dr Sarah Dillon
Education and Experience
Sarah Dillon read English at Cambridge, receiving first-class M.A. honours in 1998, and went on to gain an M.A. in Philosophy and Literature with Distinction from the University of Warwick in 1999, and a D.Phil. in English from the University of Sussex in 2004. She took up her first academic post as Lecturer in the School of English in 2006 and is now Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature. She is General Editor of the series Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays and serves on the editorial board of C21: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writing. Sarah is the Director of Theoria: The St Andrews Critical Theory Group and co-Director of the interdisciplinary MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture. Sarah is also actively engaged in the public dissemination of her research – she is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2013 and further details of her public appearances and radio broadcasts can be found at her media website.
Sarah’s research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first century British and American literature and film. She has published on a range of writers within this period, including Elizabeth Bowen, H.D., Maggie Gee, John Berger, Michel Faber and David Mitchell. She is the editor of David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011) and co-editor of Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (2014). She is interested in examining the singularity of literature by exploring its encounters with other ways of knowing, understanding and exploring the world. She works on the relationship between literature and philosophy and is author of The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007). She explores the relationship between literature and film, having published essays on contemporary films such as My Life Without Me (2003), Shall We Dance? (2004), and The First Sail (2011). And she studies the relationship between literature and science – she is currently completing the What Scientists Read book, from a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project examining the role literature plays in contemporary science. Sarah is interested in questions of relationality, fidelity, intimacy, love, gender, sexuality, time, and in our relationship to the other be it the human, animal, object or environmental other. Sarah welcomes graduate students who share any of her research interests.