Annael Jonas-Paneth

momeI am interested in how the Victorians renegotiate the fantasy of the Bildungsroman narrative vis-à-vis a disillusionment with the very ability to individuate and self-form in an increasingly centralized and crowded society. My work examines how the Bildungsroman reflects on or incorporates alternatives to the classical narrative of progress; in particular, the Victorian public is compelled by suicide narratives, both real and imagined. These narratives, often more animated and enlivening than the stories of the passive living, become tantalizing alternatives that mirror Bildung logic.
This anxiety of individuation crosses disciplines, and I study conceptual analogies between developments in Bildungsroman form and innovations in art techniques and pedagogy, especially the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and late Turner, as well as the plethora of art manuals published in midcentury. Both art and literature, it seems, are looking for ways to resolve the tension between the self and the community, or between self-definition and self-effacement. Authors I focus on include Thomas De Quincey, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, John Ruskin, George Eliot, and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. You can view my CV here.


PhD, English, Boston University, in progress.
MA, English and American Literature, Boston University, 2013.
MA, Creative Writing, Bar-Ilan University, 2012.
BA, English, Bar-Ilan University, 2010.

Recent Presentations:
“Dark Sympathy and Contagious Suicide in Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmila.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, Canada (April 30-May 3, 2015).

“Metonymic De-Formations in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk.” International Conference on Narrative, MIT. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (March 27-29, 2014).

Courses Taught:
English 130: Science/Fiction (2016)
Writing 150: The Death of a Beautiful Woman: Gender, Self, and Loss in Nineteenth-Century Narratives (2015)
Writing 100: The Death of a Beautiful Woman: Gender, Self, and Loss in Nineteenth-Century Narratives (2014)
English 142: Introduction to Poetry, Renaissance to Contemporary (2013, 2014)