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Sarah Copland

Associate Professor, English

PhD (Toronto), BAH (Queen's)

6-272, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Sarah Copland (PhD Toronto, 2009) joined MacEwan University’s Department of English in 2012 after teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies at Kenyon College, a private liberal arts college in Ohio. Between 2009 and 2011, she held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship and visiting scholar appointment with Project Narrative at the Ohio State University. Her research interests are in modernism and narrative theory, and she has published work on modernist narratives, prefaces and poetry; the new modernist studies; rhetorical and cognitive approaches to narrative theory; the politics of form; and short stories and short story theory. Her current book project is entitled Front Matters: The Rhetoric and Pedagogy of Modernist Prefaces. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Modelling the Mind: Conceptual Blending and Modernist Narratives.”

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Modernism (British, American, and Anglophone), Narrative Theory (Rhetorical and Cognitive Approaches), The Novel, The Short Story, Prefaces, Theories of Reading, Literary History and Periodization, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literary Studies, Contemporary Literature, Great Books of the Western Tradition, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Research Interests

  • ENGL 102 Analysis and Argument
  • ENGL 103 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 282 Introduction to the Short Story
  • ENGL 361 Early 20th-Century American Literature
  • ENGL 364 Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature
  • ENGL 365 Early 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature
  • ENGL 366 Contemporary British and Anglophone Literature
  • ENGL 368 Topics in Race and Gender
  • ENGL 401 Studies in Genre (Collecting Fictions: The Short Story Collection in the Academy and Literary Marketplace)
  • ENGL 495 Twentieth Century Literature (James Joyce's Ulysses)

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Copland, Sarah, and Greta Olson, eds. The Politics of Form. Routledge, 2018. 

Copland, Sarah. “A Contextual Rhetorical Analysis of Audiences in E. M. Forster’s Preface to Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable.” Narratology and Ideology: Encounters between Narrative Theory and Postcolonial Criticism, edited by Divya Dwivedi, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Richard Walsh, Ohio State UP, 2018, pp. 102-19.

Olson, Greta, and Sarah Copland. “Towards a Politics of Form.” European Journal of English Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2016, pp. 207-21.

Copland, Sarah. “Modernist Prefaces.” The Paratexts Podcast. Oxford University. Interviewed by Dennis Duncan. 2016. https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/paratexts-podcast

Copland, Sarah. “To Be Continued: The Story of Short Story Theory and Other Narrative Theory.” Narrative vol. 22, no. 1, 2014, pp. 132-49.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellowship, MacEwan University (2018-2020)
  • MacEwan University, Research, Scholarly Activity, and Creative Activity Fund—Dissemination Stream (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Ohio State University, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Visiting Scholar with Project Narrative (2009-2011)
  • University of Toronto, Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities (2006-2008)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) (2004-2007)
  • University of Toronto, Teaching Assistants' Excellence Award, Teaching Assistants' Training Program (2007)
  • University of Toronto, Department of English, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2007)
  • SSNL Annual Conference, Ottawa, The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature Best Graduate Student Essay Award, (2006)
  • Massey College, University of Toronto, Moira Whalon Prize (2006)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2003-2004)
  • University of Toronto, Viola Whitney Pratt Memorial Scholarship in English (2003-2004)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)
  • International Virginia Woolf Society (IVWS)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Modernist Studies Association (MSA)