Faculty Profile
Jonah Siegel

Jonah Siegel
Professor of English

36 Union Street | Room 301
College Avenue Campus

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(848) 932-7571, ext. 40205

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Professor Siegel is the author of Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel, and the Art -Romance Tradition (2005) and Desire & Excess: The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art (2000) and editor of The Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources (2007). His articles include: “Display Time: Art, Disgust, and the Returns of the Crystal Palace.” (Yearbook of English Studies, 2010); “Owning Art after Napoleon: Trophy, Symbol, and the Question of Restitution at the Birth of the Museum.” (PMLA, 2010); "Speed, Desire, and the Museum: The Golden Bowl as Art Romance" (Henry James Review, 2002); and "Leonardo, Pater and the Challenge of Attribution" (Raritan, 2001). His current book project is tentatively titled, Material Inspirations: The Interest of the Art Object.

Professor Siegel has served as President of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association and on the Executive Committee of the MLA Division on the Victorian Period. He has been the recipient of a National Humanities Center Fellowship (1999-2000), an ACLS/Burkhardt Fellowship, and a Rome Prize Fellowship (2003-2004).

Departmental and University Positions
Acting Chair of Department of English (2010-2011)
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Columbia University
M. Phil., Oxford University
BA, Middlebury College

Literature and the Other Arts; Modernist Literature; Victorian Literature


The Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of  Nineteenth-Century Sources

Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel, and the Art-Romance Tradition

Desire and Excess:  The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art

Other Publications
    • "Speed, Desire, and the Museum: The Golden Bowl as Art Romance"
      Henry James Review, Fall 2002
    • "Leonardo, Pater and the Challenge of Attribution"
      , Fall 2001
    • "Among the English Poets: Keats, Arnold, and the Placement of Fragments"
      Victorian Poetry
      , Summer 1999
    • "Black Arts, Ruined Cathedrals, and the Grave in Engineering: Ruskin and the Fatal Excess of Art" Victorian Literature and Culture, Fall 1999
    • "Schooling Leonardo: Collaboration, Desire, and the Challenge of Attribution in Pater"
      Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire
      (eds. Laurel Brake, Lesley Higgins, and Carolyn Williams, 2002)
      Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
        • Seminar: Abroad in the Nineteenth Century
        • Seminar: The Past as Crisis
        • Principles of Literary Study
        • British Writers II (1800-)
        • Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature
        • Victorian Literature
        • Victorian Poetry
            • Critical Nineteenth Century
            • Culture of Art: Fantasy and Fragmentation in the 19th Century
            • Introduction to Graduate Study
            • Looking Away: Fantasies of the Foreign
            • Mellon Summer Workshop
            • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Society
            • Nineteenth-Century Novel
            • Victorian Poetry
              Awards and Distinctions
              • Rome Prize Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 2003-4
              • Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2003-4
              • Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian Studies, Northeast Victorian Studies Association, 2000

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