Sarah Allen


I am an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition. My current book project is an exploration into an "attitudinal" approach to writing that enables the possibility of self-transformation (i.e., inspiration) in the writer. In it, I seek to conceptualize and experiment with a theory of inspiration that is based on Nietzsche's work on the Dionysian, Foucault's work on the care of the self, and Haraway's work on making kin. My first book, Beyond Argument: Essaying as a Practice of (Ex)Change was published in 2015 with Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse. My scholarship generally focuses on ethics of engagement in writing, as does my teaching. The two work in symbiotic relations to each other -- so much so that the boundaries between my scholarship and teaching are, at best, superficial.

Areas of Interest

composition theory (subjectivity and ethics), creative nonfiction, writing pedagogies


Spring Semester 2019
  • ENG-302: Hist of the English Language
  • ENG-709: Seminar in Rhetoric: Postmodern Rhetorics

Fall Semester 2018
  • ENG-307: Rhetoric, Comp, & Computers

Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-306: Argumentative Writing I
  • ENG-409: Studies: Comp/Rhet/Language: Rhetoric and Environmental Justice

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-605: Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-300: Introduction to Rhetoric
  • ENG-705: Seminar in Composition Studies: Beyond Argument