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  • Sara LindeyDr. Sara Lindey

    Associate Professor of English  

    Placid Hall, Room 405
    724-805-2431 (on-campus ext. 2431)

    Dr. Lindey teaches widely in American literature, including traditional surveys and canonical periods as well as women’s literature and children’s literature. She is the faculty sponsor for SVC’s chapter of the national English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and often accompanies students to the annual spring conference. Dr. Lindey’s advisees have gone on to graduate school in literature and law. As with many English majors, they have also met with success in teaching secondary education, working in non-profits, as well as the private sector.



    Ph.D., University of Minnesota
    B.A., University of Missouri
    B.J., University of Missouri


    Courses Taught

     American Modernism: Novels
    American Renaissance
    Representing Childhood in Literature for Young Adults
    Sentimental Fictions: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth-Century
    American Literature: Exploration to Civil War
    American Literature: Civil War to Present
    Children’s Literature: Fables to 1900
    Women’s Literature
    Composition: Language and Rhetoric
    Literature Capstone: Senior Project


    Publications and Presentations

    • Current project, “Girlhood in the Abolitionist Adaptation of Susanna Maria Cummins’ The Lamplighter”
    • “Sympathy and Science: Representing Girls in Abolitionist Children’s Literature,” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 45.1 (Spring 2012): 59-73.
    • “Researching Periodicals: Stories from the Archive.” Research Society for American Periodicals Panel at the American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, California, May 24–27, 2012.
    • “Children’s Literature and Cultural Conceptions of the Child from 1600 to 1900.” with Rachel Hochendoner. Children’s Literature Conference at University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 4, 2012.
    • “Masters of the Universe: How a Solar Eclipse Embodies the Limits of Sympathy in Abolitionist Children’s Literature.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri, November 3–6, 2011.
    • “Between Books and Periodicals: Fanny Fern’s Female Reader.” Research Society for American Periodicals panel at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 21–24, 2009.
    • “Literacy Outside the Schoolhouse: Spaces of Self Education in Late-Nineteenth Century Periodicals.” Country School Association of America annual conference. Latrobe, Pennsylvania, June 15–17, 2009.
    • “Boys Write Back: Self-Education and Periodical Authorship in Late-Nineteenth-Century Storypapers,” American Periodicals, 21.1 (Spring 2011): 73-88.
    • “Overhearing Children’s Stories: Children’s Rights in Fanny Fern’s Newspaper Writing,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 34.2 (Summer 2009): 138-156.
    • “My Name is My Password: Revision in Authorship and Agency in Nancy Drew.” Popular Culture Review, 19:1 (January 2008): 71-77.
    • “Frank Reade, Jr.’s Dirigibles and Speaking Trumpets: How Dime Novels Dream Technology.” The Dime Novel Round-Up, 74:4 (August 2005): 115-132.
    • Dissertation: Generations in Print: Revision in American Literature 1850–1900