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Rachel Sagner Buurma

Director, Aydelotte Foundation

Associate Professor, English

Aydelotte Foundation


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8666
  3. Lang Performing Arts Center 302
  4. Parrish W201
  5. Office Hours: Tuesday 12-2 and by appointment. Email me for online meeting room link. 
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Rachel Sagner Buurma works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and print culture, the history of the novel, higher education studies, twentieth-century Anglo-American literary criticism, and literary informatics. Her book The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study (Chicago, January 2021), co-authored with Laura Heffernan, shows how the core ideas and texts of  twentieth-century literary study have been made in classrooms at community colleges, HBCUs, public universities, and small liberal arts colleges - not at elite research univerities. She is currently teaching The Rise of the Novel (and the Rise of Social Media) and has recently taught a Victorian Novel Research Seminar. ​She co-directs the Aydelotte Foundation. For more information, see her personal website and cv.