Wyatt Bonikowski, PhD

Associate Professor, English

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  • PhD, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century British literature
  • Modernism
  • Gothic and horror fiction
  • Literary theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Trauma studies
  • Fiction writing



  • Shell Shock and the Modernist Imagination: The Death Drive in Post-World War I British Fiction. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2013.

Essays in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“ ‘The Juniper Tree’ as Primal Scene: English-Language Literary Adaptations Since 1985.” Marvels & Tales. (Forthcoming 2019)

“ 'Only One Antagonist': The Demon Lover and the Feminine Experience in the Work of Shirley Jackson.” Gothic Studies 15.2 (2013): 66-88.

“The Return of the Soldier Brings Death Home.” Modern Fiction Studies 51 (2005): 513-535.

“Writing the Face of the Other: Image, Text, and Ethics in Lacan, Levinas, and Rilke.” (a): a journal of culture and the unconscious 4.2 (2004): 41-57.

Essays in Edited Collections

“Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Secret of the Mother’s Desire in Shirley Jackson’s The Bird’s Nest.” The End of the World at Home:The Work of Shirley Jackson, edited by Kristopher Woofter (under review).

“Shell Shock as a Narrative Paradigm in Great War Psychiatry and Fiction.” Options for Teaching Representations of World War One. Eds. Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017.

Selected Fiction

  • “Nightmare Bird.” Coffin Bell 2.2 (2019).
  • “Black Plastic” and “House Sparrow.” Wigleaf. March 9, 2019.
  • “Strawberry Festival.” Occulum. Issue 2. Dec 1, 2017.
  • “Teenage Boy in Polaroids.” New World Writing. April 2, 2017.
  • “Science Project.” Atticus Review. August 15, 2016.
  • “After the Storm, the Cement Ship.” Necessary Fiction. May 11, 2016.
  • “Dead End.” Yemassee 22.2 (2015): 112-14.
  • “The Wood Thrush.” Devil’s Lake. Spring 2015.
  • “Wind-Up Toy.” Fairy Tale Review: The Mauve Issue (2015): 23-25.
  • “House of Stars,” “The New Kids,” and “Old Voices.” NANO Fiction 8.2 (2015): 12-14.
  • “The Old Church” and “Sister Finds a Box.” Wigleaf. November 27, 2012.
  • “None of Your Business.” HOBART. October 16, 2012.
  • “Little Man.” Fairy Tale Review: The Grey Issue (2012): 31-32.
  • “Bible Camp.” SmokeLong Quarterly, Issue 32, June 2011.
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Courses Taught

  • ENG-152 Horror Fiction
  • ENG-347 Female Gothic
  • ENG-H347 Honors Female Gothic
  • SF-182 Heroes, Antiheroes & Outsiders
  • ENG-370 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG-H555 Senior Honors Thesis
  • SF-H182 Honors Herioes and Antiheroes
  • CI-149 SL-Creative Writing and Literacy
  • ENG-212 Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG-H555 Senior Honor Thesis
  • ENG-301 Literary Criticism Seminar