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Sarah Frantz

Dr. Sarah S. G. Frantz

Dr. Sarah S. G. Frantz
Associate Professor

Office:  Butler Building 127
Phone:  (910) 672-1438


Sarah was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she lived until she was seven, at which time she and her family emigrated to England.  They lived in Stockport for six months, then Kent for ten months, then moved back to South Africa.  They left again when Sarah was fourteen and came to America--New Jersey, specifically, just outside New York City.

Sarah completed high school in Waldwick, NJ, where she met and started dating her husband.  She did her Bachelors in English at The College of New Jersey.  She and her husband moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan so she could do her M.A/Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 2003.  She now thoroughly enjoys teaching at Fayetteville State University.

Sarah became a US citizen after 9/11. She also joined the National Guard at that point, and is now a First Lieutenant, the Chemical Officer in a Field Artillery Brigade in Greensboro.

She loves to read, mostly popular romance novels, both of today and of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She especially loves Jane Austen and is an avid member of and frequent speaker for the Jane Austen Society of North America.

She has a wonderful husband, a fabulous little boy, a very cute cocker spaniel, a large and unique Fayetteville noodge-hound, and a happy, contented life.


English 110:    Composition I
English 110H:  Honors Composition I
English 120:    Composition II
English 120H:  Honors Composition II
English 240:    Introduction to Literature:  Vampires and Desire
English 240H:  Honors Introduction to Literature
English 311:    English Literature to 1800
English 412:    Eighteenth-Century Literature
English 432:    Romantic Literature
English 470:    Senior Seminar:  The Rise of the Popular Novel


Romantic-era British Women Novelists: Jane Austen; Hannah More; Elizabeth Inchbald; and Mary Brunton.
Eighteenth-century British Literature and the Rise of the Novel.
Eighteenth-century British Culture: English Country Dancing; Male Clothing; and the Great Masculine Renunciation.
Popular Literature:The Modern Romance Novel.
Vampire Literature: 18th Century to Today.
Female Authors Constructing Male Characters.


Introduction to William and Richard Austen-Leigh's Jane Austen:  Her Life and Letters.  A Family Record.  New York:  Barnes and Noble, 2006 (forthcoming).

Introduction to Jane Austen: The Complete Novels.  New York:  Barnes and Noble, 2006 (forthcoming).

Introduction to Jane Austen’s Love and Freindship and Other Early Works.  1922;  New York:  Library of Universal Classics, 2005.

“Jane Austen’s Heroes and the Great Masculine Renunciation.”  Persuasions:  The Jane Austen Journal 25 (2003): 165-175.

“‘If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more’:  Direct Dialogue and Education in the Proposal Scenes,” in Talk in Jane Austen.  Eds. Bruce Stovel and Lynn Weinlos-Gregg. Edmonton:  University of Alberta Press, 2002.  167-182.

“‘Expressing’ Herself:  The Romance Novel and the Feminine Will to Power,”  in Scorned Literature:  Essays on the History and Criticism of Popular Mass-Produced Fiction in America.  Eds. Lydia Cushman Schurman and Deidre Johnson.  Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 2002.  17-36.

Works In Progress

The Mind of Love: New Approaches to Popular Romance. Eds. Sarah S.G. Frantz and Eric Selinger.

Women Writing Men. Sarah S.G. Frantz and Katharina Rennahk.

Online Writing

Contributing writer to Teach Me Tonight: Musings on Romance Fiction from an Academic Perspective:

Contributing writer to Romancing the Blog:

Book review:  Ian Kelly's Beau Brummell:  The Ultimate Man of Style.

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