Emily Kopley

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 related to Judaism. Her first book, Virginia Woolf and Poetry, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. A board member of Woolf Studies Annual, Dr. Kopley has published essays on Woolf in The Review of English Studies, English Literature in Transition, Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English (MLA Publications, 2021), Unpacking the Personal Library (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2022), and elsewhere. An article of hers on anonymous authorship has appeared in Mémoires du Livre / Studies in Book Culture.

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. In addition to sharing her research at conferences, she has given invited talks at the University of Toronto, the University of Haifa, Oxford University, and Harvard University.

A recipient of a Robert B. Silvers Foundation Grant for Work in Progress, Dr. Kopley also writes and speaks to an audience beyond the academy. She has published in the TLS, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the OUP Blog. She has also 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.

From 2013 to 2016 Dr. Kopley was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in McGill’s English department, an experience she speaks about here. She subsequently taught in the English department at Université de Montréal and was then Researcher in Residence at the Concordia University Library. In McGill’s Jewish Studies department, she teaches courses including Holocaust Memoirs, Jewish American Literature, and Jewish Children’s Literature.

Back to top