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Emily Rials

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 346

Educational Background

Cornell University, PhD
Cornell University, MA
Stanford University, BA


Emily Rials is a postdoctoral lecturer in English at Cornell University. She defended her dissertation, “Brackets and Bodies: Punctuated Physicality in Modernist and Contemporary Fiction,” in May 2017. Her book manuscript argues for a narrative theory that considers how novels’ nonverbal components, including punctuation and page spacing, shape their narrative representations of embodiment. Emily’s work on the intersections of narratology, book history, and feminist and disability studies fuels her additional research and teaching interests in experimental contemporary fiction, lyric criticism, and bookmaking. Her work has appeared in Textual Practice and The Seneca Review.


  • English


  • Narrative theory
  • Book history
  • 20th and 21st century literature
  • Feminist theory
  • Disability studies
  • Creative critical writing
  • Book arts