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Sarah Chihaya

Part-time Faculty

B.A., English and French, Yale University, 2005
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

Sarah Chihaya is a critic, essayist, and editor whose work focuses on contemporary fiction and film in English. She is the co-author of The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism (with Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Juno Richards; Columbia U.P. 2020), and co-editor, with Joshua Kotin and Kinohi Nishikawa, of "How to Be Now," a special issue of Post45: Peer Reviewed. Her essays and reviews can be found in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Atlantic, The Yale Review, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, and PMLA, among other places. She is at work on a book titled Bibliophobia, a meditation on reading practices, bad feelings, and the writing of criticism, forthcoming from Random House. She was previously the editor of Post45: Contemporaries, and was a senior editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books, where she remains a Contributing Editor.   With her co-authors, Chihaya received the 2021 PROSE award in Literature for The Ferrante Letters, which was also shortlisted for the 2021 ASAP Book Prize. She has previously taught in the Department of English at Princeton University and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches frequent lecture courses through the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y. Her main research and teaching interests include the twenty-first century novel, film and television studies, literature in translation, novel history, and narrative theory. She also works on literatures in French, German, and Italian, and is currently learning Japanese.

Teaching and Research Interests

twenty-first century novel; film and television studies; literature in translation; novel history; narrative theory 

Sarah Chihaya