Faculty & Staff

Emilio Sauri, PhD

Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

American literature, Latin American literature, critical theory, and photography


PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Northwestern University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

My research focuses on literature and visual art from Latin America and the United States, and reads these in relation to the development of the global economy from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first. I have coedited two collections of essays, Literature and the Global Contemporary (Palgrave, 2017) and Literary Materialisms (Palgrave, 2013), as well as a special issue of the journal nonsite on Latin American literature and theory. I am currently at work on a monograph on literature and the ends of autonomy in the Americas (under contract with Northwestern University Press).

Current Projects

Forms of Unevenness: Literature and the Ends of Autonomy in the Americas. Manuscript in preparation.


Fulbright Fellow, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2018.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Literatures of the Americas; Literature and the Political Imagination; Post-1945 American Literature; Six American Authors

Graduate: Contemporary American Literature; Contemporary Global Literature; Literatures of the Americas; Debates and Keywords in Literary Theory and Criticism; Studies in Criticism: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Novel

Co-faculty sponsor (with Professors Matthew Brown and Scott Maisano): Literary Theory Reading Group


Editorial Board, Mediations (www.mediationsjournal.org)