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Dr Emily CoitBA (Wellesley) , MA (Yale), PhD (Yale)

Lecturer in English (American Literature of the 19th Century)

Emily Coit

Dr Emily CoitBA (Wellesley) , MA (Yale), PhD (Yale)

Lecturer in English (American Literature of the 19th Century)

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Research interests

I work on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and American literature, especially novels and nonfiction prose. More broadly, I am interested in Victorian liberalism, nineteenth-century feminisms, the history of higher education, and transatlantic approaches to literary study.

My current book project is a literary history of expatriate American elitism in the long fin de siècle. Focusing on conservative, anti-democratic thought amongst transatlantic novelists, the study reassesses engagements with Victorian liberalism in works by Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Henry Adams. I am also co-editing a volume of James's short stories for the Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James. 

I earned my Ph.D. at Yale and held postdoctoral teaching positions at Princeton and Oxford before coming to Bristol. In addition to the research interests above, I'm also interested in pedagogy, especially the teaching of academic writing.

Contact Information

Email me at emily.coit [at] My website is here 


At Bristol, I teach undergraduate and MA-level units on British and American literature from the eighteenth century through the present. In AY 2019-2020, I'm Unit Convener for "Readings in Gender & Sexuality" and "Victorian Fiction: Art and Ideas in the Marketplace."  I'm also offering a special subject, "Imagining Americans," that examines late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature about borders, citizenship, and race.  

Research Supervision

I welcome inquiries from students seeking to pursue doctoral research in my areas of interest. 

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Postal address:
3-5 Woodland Road
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