Michaela Bronstein

Michaela Bronstein
Visiting Lecturer

Michaela Bronstein’s research and teaching focuses on the ways literature travels in time. How do novelists strive to write for unknowable future readers? How do later writers negotiate the influence of the literary past? Her research centers on 20th- and 21st-century American, British, and African fiction, but she also examines longform narrative in other media, such as today’s serialized television.

She has recently completed her first book manuscript, “Out of Context: The Uses of Modernist Fiction,” which looks at the radical afterlives of apparently reactionary modernist literary forms. She is working on a second manuscript, “Crimes for All Mankind: Revolution and the Modern Novel,” which examines the way novelists strive simultaneously to produce lasting works of art and to intervene in political debates of their own periods.

She completed her PhD in 2012 in English Literature at Yale. Between then and her arrival at MIT in 2015 she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.


“How not to Re-read Novels: The Critical Value of First Reading.” Forthcoming in JML in 2016.

“Modernist Binge Watching.” Forthcoming in The Contemporaneity of Modernism, eds. Michael D’Arcy and Mathias Nilges, Routledge, 2015.

“A Case for Literary Transhistory: Ngugi’s Use of Conrad.” MLQ 75.3 (September 2014): 411-437.

“Conrad’s Faulkner.” Essays in Criticism LXII.1 (January 2012): 83-99.

“‘The Power of Sentences’: Conrad’s Saving Eloquence.” The Conradian 32.2 (Autumn 2007): 1-16.

“The Half-Unravelled Web: Keats’s Intermediate Truths.” Keats-Shelley Review, 20 (2006): 44-51.


Subjects taught the current academic year:

Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.003 Reading Fiction: Aspiring Minds (Fall 2015)

21L.006 American Literature (Spring 2016)

21L.435 Literature and Film: Reading Film / Seeing Literature (Spring 2016)

21L.709 Studies in Literary History: The Experience of Narrative: Novels and Television (Fall 2015)