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Ella Ophir

Ella Ophir

B.A., Hons.(Simon Fraser), M.A. & Ph.D. (Queen's)

Assistant Professor

Office: Arts 411A
Phone: 966-2056

Teaching & Supervision

ENG 113 - Introduction to Narrative

ENG 330 - British and Irish Literature 1900-1940

ENG 368 - Poetry 1900-1950

ENG 379 - Modernist Writing and Contexts

ENG 446 - Joseph Conrad and Modernism

ENG 468 - W.B. Yeats

ENG 843 - Tradition and Reinvention in Modern Poetry


Ella Ophir specializes in British and American modernist literature. She has published essays on modernist fiction, poetry, documentary, and life writing. Her most recent work explores the relationship between language and power, with a particular focus on conceptions of voice. She has received SSHRC funding to produce a digital edition of The Note Books of a Woman Alone, the diary of London employment agency clerk from the years 1914 to 1934. First published in 1935, The Note Books were edited by M.G. Ostle, an ordinary reader inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.  



"The Diary and the Commonplace Book: Self-Inscription in The Note Books of a Woman Alone." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.1 (2015): 41-55. (forthcoming)

A Room of One’s Own, Ordinary Life-Writing, and The Note Books of a Woman Alone.” Woolf Studies Annual 20 (2014): 25-40.

“‘All Our Stammerings’: Two Kinds of Inarticulateness in Joseph Conrad.” American Notes and Queries 27.1 (2014): 23-27.

“Sincerity and Self-Revelation in Joseph Conrad.” Modern Language Review 107.2 (2012): 341-364. 

"Romantic Reverence and Modernist Representation: Vision, Power, and the Shattered Form of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."  Twentieth-Century Literature (2007): 125-152.

 "Towards a Pitiless Fiction: Abstraction, Comedy, and Modernist Antihumanism." Modern Fiction Studies 52.1 (2006): 92-120.
"Modernist Fiction and the 'accumulation of unrecorded life." Modernist Cultures 2.1 (2006).
"The Laura Riding Question: Modernism, Poetry, and Truth." Modern Language Quarterly 66.1 (2005): 85-114.
"'The Mode of Common Dreams': Owl's Clover and the Social Imagination." The Wallace Stevens Journal (2000): 37-52.
Reference Work Entries

“Laura Riding and Robert Graves: A Survey of Modernist Poetry.” The Literary Encyclopedia. ( (2009).

“Laura Riding: Collected Poems.” The Literary Encyclopedia. ( (2007).

Book Reviews
Modernism and Autobiography. Eds. Maria DiBattista and Emily O. Wittman. Review of English Studies (2015). (forthcoming)

Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa Freytag von Loringhoven. Eds. Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo. Canadian Literature 219 (2013): 163-64. 

Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism by Craig Monk. English Studies in Canada 35.2-3 (2009): 236-239.