sample image

Ezra Dan Feldman

I am a Ph.D. student in English at Cornell University and winner of the 2015 Patricia Bibby First Book Award for Habitat of Stones, forthcoming from Tebot Bach (2016).

My dissertation, “Novels for Flat Narratology: Surface, Depth, and Speculative Taxonomies in Contemporary Metafiction,” theorizes works by Margaret Atwood, Lydia Davis, Colson Whitehead, and Don DeLillo as “critical metafictions,” which ask fairly explicitly for revisions to the critical frameworks in which they are received. My “flat narrotological” readings of these texts refuse to privilege character, setting, and plot over narrative-textual elements of different scales and different natures. In so doing, they advance contemporary debates about the relationships among close reading, surface reading, and the hermeneutics of suspicion.

Research and teaching interests include:

  1. Narrative Studies
  2. Character
  3. Speculative Realism
  4. Fictional Worlds and Counterfactuality
  5. Nonlinear Temporalities
  6. Creative and Expository Writing

My poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gertrude, Narrative Magazine, Third Wednesday, and Nasty Magazine. You also find them online at: