Dennis Denisoff - Faculty & Adjuncts

Dennis Denisoff, PhD.

Dennis Denisoff, PhD.
McFarlin Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English and Creative Writing
918-631-2817 Zink Hall Room 339


PhD – McGill University Certificate – 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, decadence, gender/sexuality/queer studies, animal/ity studies, paganism, and popular occulture. He is the author of 6 books and co/editor of 9. His latest books are Decadent Ecology (Cambridge 2022) and the edition Arthur Machen's Decadent and Occult Works (MHRA 2019), and the co-edited collection The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature (2019). He has just guest edited special journal issues on "Global Decadence" (Feminist Modernist Studies, 2021) and "Scales of Decadence" (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2021). He is past co-director of the Women's and Gender Studies program, and past president of the North American Victorian Studies Association. He edits the Routledge Book Series Among the Victorians and the Modernists.

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/queer studies
decadence, gothic, and weird
literary theory



  • Denisoff , D. Decadent Ecology in British Literature and Art, 1860-1910: Desire, Decay, and the Pagan Revival. Cambridge University Press, 2022.
  • Denisoff, Dennis, and Talia Schaffer, eds. _Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature_ New York: Routledge, forthcoming Nov. 2019.

  • Denisoff , D. Arthur Machen — Decadent and Occult Works. MHRA Press, 2018, p. 352.
  • Denisoff , D. Aestheticism and Sexual Parody (1840-1940). Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 208.
  • Denisoff , D. Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film (1850-1950). Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004, p. 223.
  • Denisoff , D. Tender Agencies. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002, p. 89.
  • Denisoff , D. The Winter Gardeners. Coach House Books, 1999, p. 240.
  • Denisoff , D. Erin Mouré: Her Life and Works. ECW, 1995.
  • Denisoff , D. Dog Years. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1991, p. 129.

Journal Articles

  • Denisoff , D. The Ecocritical Underbelly. Cusp: Late-19th/Early-20th Century Cultures, 2022.
  • Denisoff , D. Decadence, Ecology, Arboreal Communications. Victorian Literature and Culture, 2021.
  • Denisoff , D. Introduction: Feminist Global Decadence. Feminist Modernist Studies, 2021.
  • Denisoff , D. Introduction: The Scales of Decadence. Victorian Literature and Culture, 2021.
  • Denisoff , D. The Queer Ecology of Vernon Lee’s Transient Affections. Feminist Modernist Studies, 2020.
  • Denisoff , D. Sexuality. Vol. 46, Victorian Literature and Culture, 2018, p. 4.
  • Denisoff, Dennis. “Decadent Animal Sympathies in Simeon Solomon, Ouida, and Saki.” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism 1.1 (2016): n. pag. 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 , D. Fluid Margins: Natural Environments in Victorian Culture. Vol. 36, Victorian Review, 2011, pp. 7-10.
  • Denisoff , D. Photography, Whistler’s Portraits, and the Public Image of the Male Artist. The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 2008, pp. 77-94.
  • Denisoff , D. The Dissipating Nature of Decadent Paganism from Pater to Yeats. Vol. 15, Modernism/Modernity, 2008, pp. 431-46.
  • Denisoff , D. Interdisciplinary Fluidity and the Refreshing Links of Hypermedia. Vol. 33, Victorian Review, 2007, pp. 24-27.
  • Denisoff , D. Pleasurable Subjectivities and Temporal Conflation in Stevenson’s Aesthetics. Journal of Stevenson Studies, 2007, pp. 227-46.
  • Denisoff , D. Today’s Paganism and Walter Pater’s Queer Sympathies. Pater Newsletter, 2007, pp. 31-36.
  • Denisoff , D., and M. Tromp. Men’s Needs, Women’s Desires, and the Arts. Nineteenth Century Studies, 2004, pp. 1-8.
  • Denisoff , D. Grave Passions: Enclosure and Exposure in Charlotte Mew’s Graveyard Poetry. Vol. 38, Victorian Poetry, 2000, pp. 124-40.
  • Denisoff , D. The Femininity of Valeria Woodville’s Detective Agency. The New Collins Society Newsletter, 2000, pp. 6-11.
  • Denisoff , D. Merger, She Wrote: Politicubism in Gertrude Stein and Erin Moure. Vol. 9, Open Letter, 1995, pp. 114-22.
  • Denisoff , D. Homosocial Desire and the Artificial Man in Michael Ondaatje’s Billy the Kid. Essays on Canadian Writing, 1994, pp. 50-70.
  • Denisoff , D. Accounting for One’s Self: The Business of Alterity in Fur Trade Narratives. College Literature, 1993, pp. 115-32.
  • Denisoff , D. The Rare Space of the Female Artist: Impressionism and Audrey Thomas’s Latakia. Vol. 26, Mosaic, 1993, pp. 69-86.
  • Denisoff , D. Life on Earth: Recent Scholarship on Planetary Literatures. Victorian Studies.
  • Denisoff , D. Environmentalism. Victorian Literature and Culture.

Book Chapters

  • Denisoff , D. An Ecocritical Perspective on the Vital Forces of Decay. Oxford Handbook of Decadence, 2021.
  • Denisoff , D. Decadent Sexualities. Decadence: A Literary History, 2021.
  • “Introduction: Our Victorian Companions.” Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. New York: Routledge, forthcoming Nov. 2019, pp. 1-8.

  • Dennis , D., and G. Reginia. Oscar Wilde’s “Harlot’s House”. Central Online Victorian Educator, 2018.
  • Denisoff , D. The Queer Ecology of George Egerton’s Neo-Paganism. Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture, 2017.
  • 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. “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 , D. “’A Disembodied Voice’: The Posthuman Formlessness of Decadent Poetics”. Decadent Poetics, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013, pp. 181-00.
  • Denisoff , D. “Aesthetics and Culture”. Broadview Anthology of Victorian Prose: 1832-1901, Broadview, 2012, pp. 213-15.
  • Denisoff , D. “The Visual Culture of Robert Louis Stevenson, Face to Face”. Approaches to Teaching Robert Louis Stevenson, The Modern Language Association of America, 2012, pp. 54-60.
  • Denisoff , D. “Oscar Wilde’s Convictions, Speciesism, and the Pain of Individualism”. A Companion to Irish Literature, Vol. 1, Blackwells, 2010, pp. 476-90.
  • Denisoff , D. “Popular Culture”. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 135-55.
  • Denisoff , D. “Decadence and Aestheticism”. The Cambridge Companion to the Fin De Siecle, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 31-52.
  • Denisoff , D. “Advertising Lost Youth in Victorian Pulp Fiction: The Place of Stevenson”. Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries, University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, pp. 286-98.
  • Denisoff , D. “Nasty Business: Vernon Lee and the Decadence of Stability”. Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006, pp. 75-90.
  • Denisoff , D. “Oscar Wild, Commodity, Culture”. Critical Approaches to Oscar Wilde, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004, pp. 119-42.
  • Denisoff , D. “Vernon Lee E La Produttivita Perversa”. Maschalita Decadenti, Bergamo University Press, 2004, pp. 281-00.
  • Denisoff , D. “’Many Lips Will I Kiss’: The Queer Foreplay of ’the East’ in Russian Aestheticism”. Queer Theory/Colonialist Texts, University of Minnesota Press, 2003, pp. 241-50.
  • Denisoff , D. “Framed and Hung: Wilkie Collins and the Economic Beauty of the Manly Artist”. Reality’s Dark Light: The Sensational Wilkie Collins, University of Tennessee Press, 2003, pp. 46-80.
  • Denisoff , D. “The Comic Promiscuity of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Heroes”. Mapping Male Sexuality: Nineteenth-Century England, Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 2000, pp. 233-59.
  • Denisoff , D. “The Forest Beyond the Frame: Portraiture, Vernon Lee’s Empathy, and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando”. Women and British Aestheticism, University of Virginia Press, 2000, pp. 251-69.
  • Denisoff , D. “Men of My Own Sex: Sexuality, Genius, and George Du Maurier’s Artists”. Victorian Sexual Dissidence, University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 147-70.
  • Denisoff , D. “Posing a Threat: Queensberry, Wilde, and the Portrayal of Decadence”. Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999, pp. 83-100.
  • Denisoff , D. “Woman in Green With Novel: The Gendered Economics of the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature”. Victorian Women Writers and “The Woman Question”, Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 151-69.
  • Denisoff , D. “Camp, Aestheticism, and Cultural Inclusiveness in Isherwood”. Performing Gender and Comedy, Gordon and Breach, 1998, pp. 81-94.
  • Denisoff , D. Oscar Wilde and the Natural World. Oxford Handbook on Oscar Wilde.
  • Denisoff , D. Weird Ecology and the Limits of Environmentalism. Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition: The 1890s.
  • Denisoff , D. Charles Dickens, Arthur Machen, and the Milk-Punch of Occult Ecstasy. Dickens and Decadence.


  • Denisoff , D. Guest Editor and Introduction. Feminist Modernist Studies, 2022.
  • “Scales of Decadence.” Special Issue. Victorian Literature and Culture. forthcoming 2020.

  • Denisoff , D. “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: 1888-1901”. BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History,, 2013.
  • Denisoff , D., and L. Janzen Kooistra. The Yellow Nineties Online (www.1890s.Ca). 2012.
  • Denisoff , D. Natural Environments. Victorian Review, 2011.
  • Denisoff , D. The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture. Ashgate Press, 2008.
  • Denisoff , D. The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories. Broadview Press, 2004.
  • Denisoff , D. Queeries: An Anthology of Canadian Gay Male Prose. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1993.

Courses Taught

  • Qualifying Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation
  • The Victorian Period in British Literature
  • Victorian Period in British Literature
  • Environment and Literature
  • Independent Study
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics in Literature and Language II
  • Writing Fiction
  • Literature and Film
  • Internship
  • Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing

Professional Affiliations

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

Awards & Honors

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