Dr. Sarah Mohler
Assistant Professor of English
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:30-2:30
BA, Northwestern University; PhD, Princeton University.
Dr. Mohler has a wide range of teaching interests and specialties. She teaches courses on cognitive literary theory, children’s literature, film adaptation, fantasy, science fiction, and literature of the fantastic and absurd, as well as Slavic and South Asian literature and film. She regularly teaches courses that support the English and Russian majors, the JINS program, and the cognitive science and film studies minors, including:
ENG 206: Science Fiction/Fantasy (focus changes depending on semester)
ENG 209: Applying Literary Theory
ENG 226: Literature of the Fantastic and Absurd
ENG 322: Topics in World Cinema: Bollywood
ENG 415: Children’s Literature
ENG 430: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Film
JINS 345: From Page to Stage and Screen (previous topics have related to the adaptation of Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, and the Sherlock Holmes canon)
RUSS 370: Survey of 19th-century Russian Literature
RUSS 371: Survey of 20th-century Russian Literature
RUSS 372: Contemporary Russian Literature.
She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities summer grants. These grants allowed her to study the literary adaptations of Dickens in the summer of 2007 and go to India in the summer of 2011 to study the cultural and historical development of India. She has presented papers at national conferences for both the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) and the South Asian Literature Association (SALA).
Dr. Mohler’s dissertation focused on the literary techniques Leo Tolstoy used when writing War and Peace to help promote visualization of characters and scenes during the reading experience and how these literary techniques have affected how the text has been adapted as a play, an opera, and several films. She has recently published an article in the Slavic academic journal Ulbandus, entitled, “War and Peace: Visualized from Page to Screen,” based on her research.
Her recent research in the area of South Asian cinema has focused on meta-narratives in Bollywood films and the pedagogical use of film to create counter-stereotypical experiences that lead to the restructuring of social schema.
She is currently developing a film studies course on children’s film as well as a seminar for first-year students that would help them apply critical approaches to multiple narrative forms, such as graphic novels, plays, films, and contemporary novels and short stories.
Favorite authors: Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Karel Capek, Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Patchett, Allegra Goodman, Aimee Bender, Karen Russell, Kevin Brockmeier, Steven Millhauser, David Mitchell, Jose Saramago, Tom Stoppard, Simon Rich, Maggie Stiefvater, Erin Morgenstern, Eowyn Ivey, Helene Wecker, Neil Gaiman, Gene Luen Yang, G. R. R. Martin.
Her favorite quotation:
"Love is Life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."