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Rayna Kalas

Associate Professor

Rayna Kalas

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 273


Rayna Kalas earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry and prose. She taught at Portland State University and held an NEH long-term fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library before joining the faculty at Cornell. She is the author of Frame, Glass, Verse: the Technology of Poetic Invention in the English Renaissance (Cornell, 2007) and has written essays on early modern literature, logic, and poetic theory. Her current research interests include tragicomedy, intellectual labor, and the character of figurative prose in the early modern period.


    • Literatures in English

    Graduate Fields

    • English Language and Literature


    • 16th- and 17th-century poetry and prose
    • Poetics and technology
    • Visual studies
    • The labor and craft of writing in the early modern period
    • Literature and technology
    • Historical and cultural materialism
    • Visual Studies
    • Tragicomedy


    Fall 2021