Emily Fridlund

Associate Professor


Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. Her first novel, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. It won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. History of Wolves was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of USA Today’s Notable Books, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a #1 Indie Next pick. The opening chapter was awarded the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Fridlund’s debut collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Boston ReviewZYZZYVANew Orleans ReviewSouthwest Review, and elsewhere. She earned an M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Research Focus

  • Creative Writing / Craft of Fiction
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary British Literature
  • Gender Studies, Feminist and Queer Writing
  • Narrative Theory
  • The Gothic Novel
  • Climate Change Fiction

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