Bonapfel, Elizabeth

Dr. Elizabeth Bonapfel

Lehrstuhlassistenz am Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Claudia Olk


Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Schellingstraße 3 (RG)
80799 München

Raum: Amalienstraße 54, L 302
Telefon: 089-2180-1859

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2019-Present: Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Prof. Dr. Claudia Olk), Department of English and American Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

2016-2019: German Research Foundation Research Associate, with a project on Punctuating Presences (DFG Eigene Stelle), Peter-Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin

Fall 2018: Visiting Scholar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Principles of Cultural Dynamics Global Humanities Junior Research and Teaching Stay

2017: Received a Postgraduate Certificate in the History of the Book, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK

2014-2015: Volkswagen Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin

2014: Graduated with a Ph.D. in American and English Literature from New York University with a Certificate in Poetics and Theory. Dissertation on punctuation in transatlantic modernism under the supervision of Anselm Haverkamp (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Martin Harries (UC Irvine), and Peter Nicholls (New York University).

2011-2014: Doctoral Student (Doktorandin), German Research Foundation
(DFG) Graduate Colloquium, Lebensformen und Lebenswissen (Life Forms and the Know How of Living), Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)

Spring 2013: Visiting Graduate Student Fellow, NYU Global Research Initiative in Berlin

Summer 2011: Zurich James Joyce Foundation Scholarship, The Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland

2009-2010: The James Joyce Library Fellowship, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA

2004-2005: William Penn Teaching Fellow, Chigwell School, Essex, UK

2004: B.A. in English Literature, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, USA

2002-2003: Visiting Student for English Literature, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, UK

Research Interests

  • The history of punctuation, the historical development of the English language, book history, textual studies
  • Theories of voice, genre, and gender
  • The 18th- and 19th-century novel, especially Jane Austen
  • Transatlantic modernism, especially Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and James Joyce.
  • Current book project traces the evolution of punctuation in modern English literature, in particular how many punctuation practices (dashes, ellipses, parentheses) derive from the novel’s tendency to borrow from 18th-century printed dramatic texts, which attempted to translate the impression of spoken speech from the stage to the page. The project explores what punctuation usage tells us about the interrelationship among genres and how punctuation signals transitions in various “voices” (character, narrator, speaker, actor) in a textual medium.


Edited Volumes

  • Emerging Possibilities (Leiden: Brill, Under Contract)
  • Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation, co-edited with Tim Conley (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014).
  • Richard Kostelanetz, Person of Letters in the Contemporary World, ed. Elizabeth Bonapfel (Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2012).
  • Richard Kostelanetz, Son of Letters, ed. Elizabeth Bonapfel (Ridgewood-Soho, NY: Archae Editions, 2012).
  •  Richard Kostelanetz, The Categories, ed. Elizabeth Bonapfel (Ridgewood-Soho, NY: Archae Editions, 2011).


  •  “Marking Realism in Dubliners,” in Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation, eds. Elizabeth M. Bonapfel and Tim Conley (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014), 67-86.
  • “Introduction,” with Tim Conley, to Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation, eds. Elizabeth M. Bonapfel and Tim Conley (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014), 1-9.
  • “Portrait (of the Scholar as a Young Man),” in Denkfiguren für Anselm Haverkamp, Figures of Thought for Anselm Haverkamp, eds. Eva Horn and Michele Lowrie (Berlin: August Verlag, 2013), 145-48.
  • “Introduction,” to Richard Kostelanetz, Person of Letters in the Contemporary World, ed. Elizabeth Bonapfel (Brooklyn, NY:Autonomedia, 2012), 13-15.


  •  “Just Sound: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing,” 26. April 2019, Series “Drei Sätze, ” Le Journal Intim, Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin.
  • “Influence and Indeterminacy: A Report on the Fourteenth Annual 2010 Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, June 27-July 3, 2010.” James Joyce Quarterly 47: 3-4 (Spring-Summer 2010): 337-40.
  • “Questioning Things: A Report on the Third Annual James Joyce Research Colloquium, Dublin, April 22-24, 2010.” James Joyce Quarterly 47:1 (Fall 2009): 12-16.