Dr. Elizabeth Bonapfel

Lehrstuhlassistenz Prof. Dr. Claudia Olk


Amalienstr. 54

Raum: L 302
Telefon: 089-2180-1859

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Amalienstr. 54, L 302


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 [1]

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

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


* 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.



* _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).


* “Editing Time: Which Author, Which Text, Which Time, Which Reader?,” in _Philological Time_, eds. Christiane Frey, Daniel Hoffman-Schwarz, Zachary Sng, Arnd Wedermeyer (Berlin: Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Forthcoming [Essay Submitted August 2019])

* “What’s the Point? The Development of Punctuation from Late Antiquity to Humanism,” in _Open Scriptures, Material Contemplations.
The Art of Notation_, eds. Susana Gonzalez Aktories, Cinthya García Leyva, Barbara Ventarola, and Georg Witte (Berlin: De Gruyter, Forthcoming [Essay Due June 2019])

* “Beyond the Categories: Gertrude Stein’s Radical Re-Imagination of the World,” in _Weibliche Genieentwürfe: Eine alternative Geschichte des schöpferischen Subjekts_,ed. Barbara Ventarola
(Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, Forthcoming [Essay Submitted January 2019]).

* With Valérie Bénéjam, “‘Dialogue Between Dashes,’” in special issue, “The Art of James Joyce,” _James Joyce Quarterly_, eds. Scarlett Baron, Ronan Crowley, and Dirk Van Hulle (Forthcoming [Essay Submitted April 2019]).

* “Joyce’s Punctuation and the Evolution of Narrative in _Finnegans Wake_,” _Journal of Modern Literature_ (Forthcoming October 2019).

* “Joyces Interpunktion und die Entwicklung der Erzählung,” in _Interpunktion im Spannungsfeld zwischen Norm und stilistischer
Freiheit: Literaturwissenschaftliche, sprachdidaktische und linguistische Perspektiven_, trans. Matthias Preuss, eds. Kristin George, Miriam Langlotz, Urania Milevski, and Katharina Siedschlag
(Bern: Peter Lang Verlag: 2017), 229-50.

* “Writing the Voice in _A Portrait _and _Ulysses_,”_ Dublin James Joyce Journal_ 9.1 (2016): 68-93. [2]

* “Why Not Chamber Music? What Punctuation in Joyce’s Poetry Can Tell Us About His Style,” _Shakespearean Joyce, Joycean Shakespeare_, _Joyce Studies in Italy_ 18 (5 new series), ed. John McCourt (Rome: e.a.
Anicia, 2016), 249-73. [3]

* “Reading Publicity Photographs through the Elizabeth Robins
Archive: How Images of the Actress and the Queen Constructed a New Sexual Ideal,” _Theatre Survey_ 57.1 (January 2016): 109-31. [4]

* “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.


* “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.