Dr Emily Jeremiah

Personal profile


Emily Jeremiah studied French and German at Exeter College, Oxford, and was awarded a PhD by Swansea University. Dr Jeremiah taught at Helsinki University in Finland and at Goldsmiths, University of London, before joining Royal Holloway in 2007 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. She was a Lecturer from 2009 to 2013, when she was made Senior Lecturer. She is Admissions Tutor for the School.

Dr Jeremiah has published widely on literature, gender, and ethics. She is the author of Troubling Maternity: Mothering, Agency, and Ethics in Women's Writing in German of the 1970s and 1980s (Maney/MHRA, 2003) and Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women's Writing in German: Strange Subjects (Camden House, 2012). Her third monograph, Willful Girls: Gender and Agency in Contemporary Anglo-American and German Fiction, is forthcoming with Camden House in January 2018.

She is co-editor, with Frauke Matthes, of Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 7 2013), and, with Gill Rye, Victoria Browne, Adalgisa Giorgio, and Abigail Lee Six, of the forthcoming Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe (Routledge, 2017).

Dr Jeremiah is also a prize-winning translator of Finnish poetry and fiction. She has co-translated three novels for Peirene Press. The latest of these, White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen, was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2016. Dr Jeremiah has also published two selections of Finnish poetry with Waterloo Press: Bright, Dusky, Bright, poems by Eeva-Liisa Manner, and A Sure Star in a Moonless Night, poems by Sirkka Turkka. She won joint third prize in the Stephen Spender Prize in 2008 and has published work in Books from Finland, Granta: Best of Young Finnish Novelists, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Words without Borders. Dr Jeremiah is a long-standing judge for the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for Translation from the German. 


Memberships and Affiliations:

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Committee member, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW), Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Member of Editorial Board, Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW/Peter Lang)

Member, Advisory Network, Women: A Cultural Review

Member, Advisory Committee, Avain (Journal of the Finnish Literature Society)

Member, Association for German Studies

Member, Women in German Studies


Teaching 2017-18:

GM1120: Introduction to German Studies

GM2122: Death, Desire, Decline - Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka

ML2403: Gender and Clothing in 20th-Century Literature and Culture

GM3009: Advanced Translation

GM3131: Narrative and Identity: The German Novel from the 18th to the 21st Century


Photo: Man Booker International 2016, Shortlist Party - Photographer: Janie Airey



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