Rebecca Rainof

Research Scholar
Office Phone
B53 McCosh Hall
Office Hours
On leave AY 22-23

Dr. Rebecca Rainof received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton University in 2008. Her research and teaching interests span Victorian literature, Modernism, the intersection of art and literature, novel studies, Victorian religious writing, gender and authorship, as well as the personal essay and memoir. She is the author of The Victorian Novel of Adulthood (Ohio UP, 2015), which charts an alternative novelistic tradition to the bildungsroman, narratives of midlife. Her current book project, Van Gogh and the Victorians, explores Van Gogh’s devotion to Victorian literature, discussing how adaptation as an art form evolved alongside changes in print culture and art exhibition. Courses at Princeton include “Writing about Family” (ENG 387), “Coming-of-Age Literature” (ENG 214), “Word and Image” (ENG 343), and the department’s graduate Seminar on Pedagogy (ENG 581). Teaching and research have been supported by grants and fellowships including a Humanities Council Magic Mini-Grant for Innovative Projects (2020), Princeton Mellon Fellowship for Faculty Innovation (2018), the Curran Fellowship, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2015), Faculty Research and Book Publication Grant, Catholic University (2015), Josephine De Kármán Fellowship (2007), the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton University (2006). Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, Professor Rainof worked at Catholic University in Washington DC as Associate Professor of English with tenure, where she served as Director of Graduate Studies and Job Placement Officer.

Selected Publications


The Victorian Novel of Adulthood

Selected Essays and Reviews

"Mixed Feelings," Literary Imagination, Volume 23, Issue 2, July 2021

Van Gogh’s Literary Imagination,” Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources, edited by Eik Kahng, Yale University Press (forthcoming, Nov. 23, 2021)

“A Room of One’s Own: The Essay and the New Woman,” Cambridge History of the British Essay, edited by Denise Gigante and Jason Childs, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

Contribution to The Pocket Instructor: Writing with Briallen Hopper, edited by Amanda Irwin Wilkins and Keith Shaw, Princeton University Press (forthcoming)

Review Male Adolescence in Mid-Victorian Fiction: George Meredith, W.M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope by Alice Crossley, Victorian Studies (Autumn 2019) 62.1

“George Eliot’s Screaming Statues, Laocoon, and the Pre-Raphaelites, SEL: Studies in English Literature (Autumn 2014) 54.4

“Victorians in Purgatory: Newman’s Poetics of Conciliation and the Afterlife of the Oxford Movement,” Victorian Poetry (Summer 2013) 51. 2

“Rereading Realism: Woolf, Percy Lubbock, and the Politics of Modernist Form,” Back to Bloomsbury: Selected Papers from the 14th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari, Center for Virginia Woolf Studies, California State University, Bakersfield, 2008

Poetry and Other Writing

“Spring,” The Slowdown, March 12th, 2020

and Five Points: A Journal of Literature and the Arts, Volume 18, Number 3

“Everyone Acts as a Family Unit: A Conversation with Kishi Bashi and his Team at the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage,” Hyphen: Asia America Unabridged, October 22, 2018