Sarah Chihaya

Sarah Chihaya earned her BA in English and French at Yale University and her PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. She specializes in contemporary British and American fiction, and also works on twentieth- and twenty-first century French, German, and postcolonial Anglophone literatures. Her other research and teaching interests include film, narrative theory, adaptation, and genre fictions. She is currently at work on her first monograph, Begin Again: Rewriting Contemporary Fiction, which examines the role of rewriting in the British novel from 1980 to the present, in works by Peter Ackroyd, Kate Atkinson, A.S. Byatt, Ian McEwan, W.G. Sebald, Zadie Smith, and others. She is also editing and co-writing a collaborative volume, Collective Criticism: Reading Elena Ferrante, with Merve Emre (McGill University), Katherine Hill (Adelphi University), and Jill Richards (Yale University). With English Department colleagues Joshua Kotin and Kinohi Nishikawa, she organized “The Contemporary: Literature in the 21st-Century,” a major conference held at Princeton in 2016. Chihaya’s other recent writing can be found in Alluvium, C21: Journal of 21st Century Writing, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Public Books, Jezebel, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the editor of Contemporaries at Post45.