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Dennis Denisoff

Dennis Denisoff
McFarlin Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
918-631-2817 Zink Hall Room 339


PhD – McGill University Other – School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth University MA – McGill University BA – Simon Fraser University


Dennis Denisoff works in Victorian and Modernist literature and culture, with particular expertise in environmental humanities, gender/sexuality studies, and animal/ity studies. He is the author of 6 books and co/editor of 9. His latest book is the edition Arthur Machen's Decadent and Occult Works. He is co-editing The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. His is also completing a monograph on Ecology, Paganism, and Desire in Britain: 1860-1920. He is co-director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and editor of the Routledge Book Series Among the Victorians and the Modernists. He is President of the North American Victorian Studies Association.

Research Interests

Victorian and British Modernist literature, film, and culture
gender/sexuality studies
aestheticism and decadence
environmental humanities
eco-paganism and nature-based religions
popular occulture

Teaching Interests

Victorian/Modernist literature, film, and culture
environmental humanities
gender/sexuality studies
decadence, gothic and weird
literary theory


  • Denisoff, Dennis. “The Posthuman Spirit of the Neo-Pagan Movement.” 21st-Century Approaches to Literature: Late Victorian into Modern, 1880-1920. Oxford UP, 2016. Print.

  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Women’s Nature and the Neo-Pagan Movement.” History of British Women’s Writing: 1880-1920. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016. Print.

  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Occult Synaesthetics and Moving Pictures in Pamela Colman Smith’s The Green Sheaf.” The Occult Imagination in Britain 1875-1947. Ed. Andrew Radford Christine Ferguson. Ashgate, 2017. Print.

  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Intimacy, Authority, and Anxiety: John Singer Sargent’s Portraits of Artists.” Nineteenth Century Studies 25 (2015): 251–60. Print.

  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Performing the Spirit: Theatre, the Occult, and the Ceremony of Isis.” Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 80 (2015): 2–12. Print.

  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Decadent Animal Sympathies in Simeon Solomon, Ouida, and Saki.” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism 1.1 (2016): n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • 19th-Century British Texts and Contexts
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • Reading Major British Writers II

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • Victorian Studies Association of the Western United States
  • Friends of Arthur Machen
  • International Walter Pater Society
  • North American Victorian Studies Association

Awards & Honors

  • President’s Award
  • President's Award
  • President's Award
  • President's Award
  • President's Award
  • President's Award
  • Research Chair
  • Ida Barnard McFarlin Chair of English
  • Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award