Dr Emily Jeremiah

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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) (see reviews below). 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) (see review below), and, with Gill Rye, Victoria Browne, Adalgisa Giorgio, and Abigail Lee Six, of 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. 

Dr Jeremiah additionally holds an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is the recipient of a grant from Arts Council England.


Reviews of Nomadic Ethics:

[T]hought-provoking and timely . . . . [P]rovides invigorating new perspectives . . ., while at the same time staging mutually illuminating encounters between contemporary theory and literature which in turn shed light on pressing ethical questions. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

[O]ffers scholars a productive and flexible analytical multi-tool to grapple with some of the more challenging and unsettling aspects of the current age as they are addressed in literary texts. . . . With its innovative theoretical approach and robust bibliography, it will prove valuable to scholars and students concerned with feminist literary criticism, ethics, epistemology, phenomenology, postmemory, Women's and Gender Studies, and Queer Studies. STUDIES IN 20TH & 21ST CENTURY LITERATURE

[A]mbitious and well-founded . . . . offers a convincing analysis of an impressive range of literary texts as well as a superbly argued discussion of important topics and concerns. It is an excellent literary investigation that should be of interest to scholars beyond the narrow confines of German studies. Jeremiah's study proves the immense value of interdisciplinary work. It successfully borrows terms and methods from other disciplines like gender and queer studies, philosophy, and Jewish studies; at the same time, it proves the relevance of German studies for these disciplines. TULSA STUDIES IN WOMEN'S LITERATURE

[C]ontributes to the growing body of research on nationality and gender in German literature in an innovative and insightful way. . . . [A]n insightful and wide-ranging study. SEMINAR

This is a serious and important contribution to questions of German identity, postmodern ethics, postmemory and gender. . . . [It] goes beyond its own stated theoretical paradigm to offer a profoundly original and diverse set of readings of contemporary German women's writing and a rigorous critique of contemporary feminist theory. It will be invaluable to scholars, teachers and students in the field alike. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES

[O]ffers detailed and very insightful interpretations . . . . A perceptive, nuanced study. Recommended. CHOICE

[T]his is a fascinating book . . . an interesting and informative read for those interested in women's writing in general and in the female experience of changing notions of community and identity. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES


Review of Ethical Approaches:

[A] well-conceived and timely volume. . . . [O]ne of the book's greatest strengths is that, despite its compactness, it manages to cover a great number and a large variety of both familiar and less-known voices. . . . [It is] is a useful, and for the most part inspirational, opening to an important (and as yet under-researched) dimension in our understanding of contemporary German-language literature and film. . . . [I]t is well edited, tightly focused, and a credit to the Edinburgh German Yearbook series in which it appears. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW [Stuart Taberner]


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, 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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