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Felicia Bonaparte
Position: Professor, The City College. English and Comparative Literature
Phone: 212-817-8340
Room Number: 4402
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., New York University
Research Interests: Victorian literature; the history of the novel, with special emphasis on all philosophic questions, in particular those questions grounded in epistemological issues and giving, through their concrete expressions, shape and meaning to the narrative by means of frames, structures, images, symbolism, use of literary traditions, use of literary texts, and the embedding of diverse genres.
Specialization: History of the Novel|Modernism|Nineteenth-Century US Literature|Philosophy and Literature|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Romantic Literature|Victorian Literature

Selected Publications:

  • "Written in Invisible Ink: The Deconstruction of History and Historical Narrative in William Makepeace Thackeray's Henry Esmond" (CLIO, 2010).

  • "Reading the Deadly Text of Modernism: Vico's Philosophy of History and Max Beerbohm's Zuleika Dobson " (CLIO, 1998).

  • "The Deadly Misreading of Mythic Texts: Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles" (IJCT, 1999).

  • The Gypsy-Bachelor of Manchester: The Life of Mrs. Gaskell's Demon (The University Press of Virginia, 1992).

  • "George Henry Lewes, George Eliot, and Vico: The Shaping of a Modern Creed" (New Vico Studies, 1984).

  • "Middlemarch: The Genesis of Myth in the English Novel: The Relationship Between Literary Form and the Modern Predicament" (The Notre Dame English Journal: Special Session: A Symposium on Art: Kenneth Burke, M.H. Abrams, Felicia Bonaparte (Summer, 1981).

  • The Triptych and the Cross: The Central Myths of George Eliot's Poetic Imagination (New York University Press, 1979).


  • 'Let Other Pens Dwell on Guilt and Misery': The Ordination of the Text and the Subversion of 'Religion' in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park" (Religion and Literature, 2011)

  • Written in Invisible Ink: The Metafictions of the Victorians

Work In Progress:

  • Dinner with Polly and The Old Sorcerer: An Evening with George Eliot and Richard Wagner at the Home of Edward Dunnreuther

  • The Aesthetics of Poesis: German Romanticism, Mythic Symbolism, and Nineteenth-Century English Fiction