Emily Kopley

Course Lecturer

Areas of Interest

Literature in English, book history, authorship, form and genre, genetic criticism, life writing, modernism, literature by women, poetry, Virginia Woolf and her circle, Jewish world literature, Jewish-Christian relations, literature and visual art, twentieth-century art


Ph.D. (Stanford University)
B.A. (Yale University)

Emily Kopley is a scholar and teacher who works in two sometimes-overlapping fields: (1) transatlantic modernism and (2) literature and art on Jewish themes. From 2013 to 2016 she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in McGill’s English department, during which time she taught “The Messiah in Jewish and Christian Literature 20th-Century Literature.” She subsequently taught in the English department at Université de Montréal and was then Researcher in Residence at the Concordia University Library. She remains a Research Affiliate in the Concordia English department.

Her first book, Virginia Woolf and Poetry, was published in June 2021 by Oxford University Press. Her work on Woolf has also appeared in The Review of English Studies, English Literature in Transition, Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English (MLA Publications, 2021), and elsewhere, and she is a board member of Woolf Studies Annual.

Dr. Kopley’s work on American theologian and novelist Arthur A. Cohen has been published in Studies in American Jewish Literature (SAJL) and Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism (Indiana UP, 2015). Dr. Kopley also reviews for SAJL and AJS Review.

She is now working on a book project about anonymous authorship.

Dr. Kopley also writes and speaks to an audience beyond the academy: she has published in the TLS and the Chronicle of Higher Education and spoken on the TLS podcast and CBC radio, and she regularly introduces speakers at the Jewish Public Library. She is also on the board of the Montreal Foundation for Yiddish Culture.

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