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Panofsky, Ruth




PhD (York)




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Ruth Panofsky is Professor of English and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, contributing to the MA in Literatures of Modernity, the MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and the interdisciplinary joint graduate program in Communication and Culture. She is affiliated with Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Centre (as a Research Associate) and Centre for Digital Humanities (as a member).  

Dr. Panofsky has been a Visiting Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto; Visiting Affiliate Scholar of Jewish Studies at Florida Atlantic University; and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. She serves as Advisory Editor to Book History, on the Advisory Board of Authorship, and is editor of Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing. In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ruth Panofsky publishes in several fields, including Authorship Studies, Canadian Publishing History, Textual Scholarship, and Canadian Jewish Literature, with a frequent emphasis on women writers and publishing figures. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Bibliographical Society of Canada. She is the author of The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman (2006) and The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture (2012). Her award-winning critical edition of the collected poetry of Miriam Waddington appeared in two volumes in 2014 and, most recently, she edited The Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing (2017). Her newest work, Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing, which focuses on key twentieth-century publishers, editors, and literary agents, will appear in 2019 with University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Panofsky is also an award-winning poet. She received the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices (2007) and is completing a book-length project, Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems, which received a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award.


Research Interests:

Authorship Studies; Canadian Publishing History; Textual Scholarship; Canadian Jewish Literature; Holocaust Literature