Kareem, Sarah T.

Associate Professor

Kaplan 214



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. Paperback edition 2019.

“Theory Attachment.”  Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Volume 49, 2020.

“On Being Difficult: The Pursuit of Wonder.” Lumen Volume 39, 2020.

“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).

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

“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.

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


Current Research

I am currently writing my second book, which explores the troubled attachments that works of literature both represent and elicit. I am also editing a new Oxford World’s Classics edition of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. With Crystal B. Lake, I am co-founder and co-editor of The Rambling.

Personal website:

Other writing

In The Rambling: Terpsichorean PowersAn Annotated Playlist for David Hume

In Avidly, To All the Romantic Comedies I’ve Loved Before

For American Book Review: Reading is Seeing

For Arcade, On Not (Yet) Getting It

For the OUP Blog:  Heart-Stopped: Fiction and the Rewards of Discomfort

Blog: Notes from the Duck-Rabbit Hole


Interest Areas
• Eighteenth-C. British Literature
• Critical Theory