Michelle Witen obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she was also a Visiting Fellow in 2016, and holds an MA in Comparative Literature as well as a Scholars' Electives Honours BA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Western Ontario. She has also worked at the University of Basel as an Oberassistentin.
Her monograph,(London: Blomsbury 2018) appeared in paperback in 2019, and examines Joyce's incorporation of musical structure across his opus. Other recent publications include a chapter on T. S. Eliot and music for the (Edinburgh: EUP 2016), an article on and hysteria (LA, Geneva: DoPe Press 2017), and a co-edited volume on (Houndmills: Palgrave 2016). She has also written articles on Joyce for Genetic Joyce Studies and Variations, and she has a forthcoming co-edited special issue of the James Joyce Quarterly on "Joyce and the Non-Human" and she is currently co-editing a volume on Modernism in Wonderland.
Her current research interests include 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish Literature, particularly within the contexts of music, interdisciplinarity, intermediality, and genetic criticism. Her second book focuses on 19th-century periodicals from 1850 onwards in the fiction of Thomas De Quincey, A. C. Doyle, Wilkie Collins, and Bram Stoker.