Sara Marcus

Assistant Professor


268 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-3497

Assistant Professor

  • American and African American literature
  • American popular music
  • Feminism
  • Social movements and the arts
  • LGBTQ+ movements and culture
  • Emotion in politics
  • Sound studies

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The Disciplining Power of Disappointment: In a new book, Sara Marcus argues that American politics are defined by unfulfilled desire.

If optimism is the disposition of the victor, then what is the outlook of the victim or survivor of conquest and domination? For Sara Marcus, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, it is disappointment. In a new book, “Political Disappointment,” Marcus describes the titular emotion as “untimely desire” or “a longing for fundamental change that outlasts a historical moment when it might have been fulfilled.”