1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Sarah O'Brien

Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Writing Program

Bryan Hall 102-B

Office Hours:

M and W, 3:30-4:30
T and Th, 1-2
and by appointment

Class Schedule:

M and W, 2-3:15 and 5-6:15
T and Th, 11-12:15

Degrees

Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2012
M.A. University of Toronto, 2007
B.A. University of Florida, 2005

Selected Publications:

“Sticky Matter: The Persistence of Animals as Allegory in Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga and La mujer sin cabeza,” Screen 58.4 (forthcoming).

“Being Struck: On the Force of Slaughter and Cinematic Affect,” co-authored with Nicole Shukin, Animal Life and the Moving Image. Eds. Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon. (London: BFI/Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), 187–202.

“Why Look at Dead Animals?” Framework: the Journal of Cinema and Media 57.1 (Spring 2016): 32–57.

“Nous revenons à nos moutons: Regarding Animals in Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep,” Cinema Journal 54.3 (Summer 2015): 21–42.

 

Selected Awards/Fellowships:

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Literature, Media, and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014–2017.

Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2010–2011.

 

Selected Recent Presentations:

“Teaching Atlanta,” with Ruth C. Yow, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (Detroit, Wayne State University), June 2017.

“Inhabiting Scarcity and Sprawl: Narrative Complexity and Spectacular Mise-en-scène in the Contemporary Detective Mini-series/Anthology Series,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Chicago), March 2017.

“Teaching and Technology in Media Studies,” FLOW, University of Texas at Austin, September 2016.

“Manipulable Mongrels in Fehér isten/White God,” American Comparative Literature Association (Cambridge, Harvard University), March 2016.

Specialties

Academic Writing, Animal Studies, Film and Media Studies