Emily Kopley

Emily KopleyCourse Lecturer

Areas of Interest:

Modern transatlantic literature, literature and art related to Jewish history and culture


Ph.D., English, Stanford University, 2013

B.A., English, Yale University, 2006

Emily Kopley works in two sometimes-overlapping fields: (1) modern transatlantic literature, and (2) literature and art related to Jewish history and culture. 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 appears in Mémoires du Livre / Studies in Book Culture. Her work on Woolf has been translated into Portuguese (Uma Prosa Apaixonada, trans. Tomaz Tadeu, 2023).

Dr. Kopley’s work on American theologian and novelist Arthur A. Cohen appears in Studies in American Jewish Literature (SAJL) and Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism (Indiana UP, 2015). Dr. Kopley has also reviewed for SAJL and AJS Review. She is on the board of the Montreal Foundation for Yiddish Culture and of the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies.

Dr. Kopley has given invited talks at the University of Toronto, the University of Haifa, Oxford University, and Harvard University. In 2021 she delivered the inaugural Fall Lecture of the International Virginia Woolf Society. A recipient of grants from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation and the the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 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, CBC radio, and widely in the Montreal community.

From 2013 to 2016 Dr. Kopley was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in McGill’s English department. 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.

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