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Amelia Hall

Amelia Hall

Educational Background

Cornell University, MA
Georgetown University, BA



Amelia Hall is a PhD candidate specializing in nineteenth-century British literature. Her dissertation, Epigraphical Encounters and the Origins of the British Novel, explores the rise, fall, and resurrection of a particular literary form—the chapter epigraph—across the works of Walter Scott, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Ann Radcliffe, arguing that the inclusion of epigraphs enables these writers to make subtle but strong arguments concerning gender, generic transformations, and the pace at which we should read. More broadly, these case studies demonstrate that the epigraph is far more integral to our understanding of the nineteenth-century novel than previous criticism has acknowledged. 

At Cornell, Amelia has designed and taught two First-Year Writing Seminars, “Medical Monsters” and “Word and Image,” and served as a co-facilitator of “Teaching Writing,” a course for new graduate instructors. Supported by the Cornell English department’s Harry Falkenau Teaching Fellowship, she is currently designing a new undergraduate course based on her dissertation, “Collecting Your Thoughts in Nineteenth Century Britain.”

Amelia has published essays on undergraduate pedagogy in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, and on the deification of disease in Carville, Louisiana, in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa



  • English


  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • History and Theory of the Novel
  • Literary Formalism
  • Religion, Medical Humanities
  • Material Culture



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