Wyatt Bonikowski, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English

Phone: 617-994-6898
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: wbonikowski@suffolk.edu
Office: 8054, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont

Spring 2018 Office Hours 

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesdays


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

Research Interests

  • 20th Century British literature
  • Modernism
  • Modern Gothic
  • Fairy Tales
  • Literary Theory
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Trauma Studies
  • Fiction Writing

Selected Publications


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


"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. (Forthcoming).

"Only One Antagonist: The Demon Lover and the Feminine Experience in the Work of Shirley Jackson" (forthcoming in Gothic Studies 15.2, 2013).

"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.

Book Reviews

"Review of Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns" by Rob Hawkes (forthcoming in Modernism/modernity 20.3, 2013).

"Review of Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of Maurice Blanchot", ed. Kevin Hart. Modern Philology 111.2, 2013.


Short fiction has appeared in Action Yes, Atticus Review, Denver Quarterly, Devil's Lake, elimae, Fairy Tale Review, First Intensity, Hobart, LIT, NANO Fiction, Necessary Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Word Riot, Yemassee, and other journals.

Selected Presentations

"The Unhomely House as Character-Narrator in Helen Oyeyemi's White Is for Witching." Narrative Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 18, 2016.

"Trauma and Repetition in Contemporary Retellings of 'The Juniper Tree.'" Narrative Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Chicago, Illinois, March 7, 2015.


"Lightness of Voice and the Levitating Narratives of Barbara Comyns." Narrative Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Manchester, UK, June 28, 2013.

"The voice of Treason: Rebecca West on William Joyce." Fifth Biennial International Rebecca West Society Conference, New York, New York, September 17, 2011.

"Approaching the Neighbor in Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore." Modernist Studies Association Conference 11, Paper for Seminar: "Transnational Modernisms and the Languages of Psychoanalysis," Montreal, Canada, November 7, 2009.

"The 'power to cut and wound and excite': Feeling and Communication after War in Mrs. Dalloway." Modern Language Association Conference, San Francisco, California, December 27, 2008.

"Ford Madox Ford's Wartime Impressionism." Narrative Conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, Austin, Texas, May 4, 2008.

Courses Taught

WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
WRI-102 Freshman English II
ENG-214 British Literature Survey II
ENG-301 Gateway Seminar for English Majors
ENG-347 20th Century Female Gothic
ENG-370 Fiction Workshop I
ENG-376 Contemporary British Fiction
ENG-407 Literary Theory
ENG-425 British Writers of the 1920s
ENG-470 Fiction Workshop II
ENG-H521 Honors Seminar: Psychoanalysis and Literature
SF-182 Heroes, Antiheroes, and Outsiders: Reading Graphic Novels