Kareem, Sarah T.

Associate Professor

Humanities 214
Tel: 310.825.3745 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



B.A. Honors, English, 1996 Girton College, University of Cambridge

Ph.D., English, 2003 Harvard University



The history and theory of the novel; fictionality; Enlightenment philosophy; literature and science; realism and the marvelous; affect theory.


Selected Publications

Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder. Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Flimsy Materials, Or, What the Eighteenth Century Can Teach Us about Twenty-First Century Worlding.” Critical Inquiry. (Winter 2016)

“Enlightenment Bubbles, Romantic Worlds.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 56.1 (Spring 2015).

“Rethinking the Real with Robinson Crusoe and David Hume.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. 47.3 (2014).

“Enchanted Enlightenment.” (Review of Jesse Molesworth, Chance and the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Realism, Probability, Magic.) NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. 45.3 (2012). 502-505.

“Fictions, Lies, and Baron Munchausen’s Narrative.” Modern Philology 109.4 (May 2012). 483-509.

“Lost in the Castle of Scepticism: Sceptical Philosophy as Gothic Romance.Fictions of Knowledge: Fact, Evidence, Doubt. Eds. Yota Batsaki, Subha Mukherji, and Jan-Melissa Schramm. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 152-173.

“Forging Figures of Invention in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” The Age of Projects. Ed. Maximillian E. Novak. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. 344-369.


Current Research

My first book, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder (Oxford University Press, 2014) offers a new account of the novel’s development that challenges the perception of the Enlightenment as hostile to marvel. With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, I am currently researching my second book, Suspended Worlds, which concerns how figures of suspension and aerial transport, from castles in the air to flying carpets, are used to represent the experience of reading fiction in the long eighteenth century.