Dennis Denisoff Ph.D.,M.A.

McFarlin Professor of English Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature


Dennis Denisoff works in Victorian and Modernist literature and culture, with particular expertise in Victorian/Modernist literatures, eco-studies, gender/sexuality studies, and animal/ity studies. He is the author of 6 books and co/editor of 8. He is currently completing an edition of Arthur Machen's decadent and occult works, and 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 on Among the Victorians and the Modernists. He is President of the North American Victorian Studies Association.

Ph.D., McGill University
Certificate, School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth University
M.A., McGill University
B.A., Simon Fraser University

Victorian and British Modernist literature and art
gender/sexuality studies
aestheticism and decadence
animal/ity studies
animal and animality studies
gothic and horror
popular occulture

Victorian and British Modernist literature and culture
gender/sexuality studies
aestheticism and decadence
animal and animality studies
gothic and horror
literature and visual art/film
literary theory
creative writing

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Denisoff, Dennis. Aestheticism and Sexual Parody (1840-1940). Cambridge University Press, 2006. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film (1850-1950). Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. Tender Agencies. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. The Winter Gardeners. Coach House Books, 1999. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. Erin Mouré: Her Life and Works. ECW, 1995. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. Dog Years. Arsenal Pulp Press, 1991. Print.

Book Chapters

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, Dennis. “'A Disembodied Voice': The Posthuman Formlessness of Decadent Poetics.” Decadent Poetics. Ed. Jason Hall and Alex Murray. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013. 181–200. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Aesthetics and Culture.” Broadview Anthology of Victorian Prose: 1832-1901. Broadview, 2012. 213–15. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Visual Culture of Robert Louis Stevenson, Face to Face.” Approaches to Teaching Robert Louis Stevenson. Ed. Catherine McCracken-Flesher. The Modern Language Association of America, 2012. 54–60. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Oscar Wilde's Convictions, Speciesism, and the Pain of Individualism.” A Companion to Irish Literature. Vol. 1. Blackwells, 2010. 476–90. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Popular Culture.” The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2010. 135–55. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Decadence and Aestheticism.” The Cambridge Companion to the Fin De Siecle. Ed. Gail Marshall. Cambridge University Press, 2007. 31–52. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Nasty Business: Vernon Lee and the Decadence of Stability.” Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics. Ed. Catherine Maxwell and Patricia Pullham. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006. 75–90. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Advertising Lost Youth in Victorian Pulp Fiction: The Place of Stevenson.” Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries. Ed. Richard Ambrosini and Richard Drury. University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 286–98. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Oscar Wild, Commodity, Culture.” Critical Approaches to Oscar Wilde. Ed. Fred Rosen. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004. 119–42. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Vernon Lee e La Produttivita Perversa.” Maschalita Decadenti. Ed. M. Pustianaz and L. Villa. Bergamo University Press, 2004. 281–300. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Framed and Hung: Wilkie Collins and the Economic Beauty of the Manly Artist.” Reality's Dark Light: The Sensational Wilkie Collins. Ed. Maria Bachman. University of Tennessee Press, 2003. 46–80. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “'Many Lips Will I Kiss': The Queer Foreplay of 'the East' in Russian Aestheticism.” Queer Theory/Colonialist Texts. Ed. P. Holden and Richard Ruppel. University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 241–50. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Comic Promiscuity of Gilbert and Sullivan's Heroes.” Mapping Male Sexuality: Nineteenth-Century England. Ed. Bill Brewer and Jay Losey. Fairleigh Dickenson University Press , 2000. 233–59. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Forest Beyond the Frame: Portraiture, Vernon Lee's Empathy, and Virginia Woolf's Orlando.” Women and British Aestheticism. Ed. Kathy Psomiades and Talia Schaffer. University of Virginia Press, 2000. 251–69. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Men of My Own Sex: Sexuality, Genius, and George Du Maurier's Artists.” Victorian Sexual Dissidence. Ed. Richard Dellamora. University of Chicago Press, 1999. 147–70. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Posing a Threat: Queensberry, Wilde, and the Portrayal of Decadence.” Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence. Ed. Dennis Denisoff Liz Constable and Matthew Potolsky. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. 83–100. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Woman in Green with Novel: The Gendered Economics of the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature.” Victorian Women Writers and "The Woman Question". Ed. Nicola Thompson. Cambridge University Press, 1999. 151–69. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Camp, Aestheticism, and Cultural Inclusiveness in Isherwood.” Performing Gender and Comedy. Gordon and Breach, 1998. 81–94. Print.

Journal Articles

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

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

Denisoff, Dennis. “Fluid Margins: Natural Environments in Victorian Culture.” Victorian Review 36.2 (2011): 7–10. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Photography, Whistler's Portraits, and the Public Image of the Male Artist.” The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 17 (2008): 77–94. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Dissipating Nature of Decadent Paganism from Pater to Yeats.” Modernism/Modernity 15.3 (2008): 431–46. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Pleasurable Subjectivities and Temporal Conflation in Stevenson's Aesthetics.” Journal of Stevenson Studies 4 (2007): 227–46. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Interdisciplinary Fluidity and the Refreshing Links of Hypermedia.” Victorian Review 33.1 (2007): 24–27. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Today's Paganism and Walter Pater's Queer Sympathies.” Pater Newsletter 52 (2007): 31–36. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis, and Marlene Tromp. “Men's Needs, Women's Desires, and the Arts.” Nineteenth Century Studies 18 (2004): 1–8. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Femininity of Valeria Woodville's Detective Agency.” The New Collins Society Newsletter 31 (2000): 6–11. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Grave Passions: Enclosure and Exposure in Charlotte Mew's Graveyard Poetry.” Victorian Poetry 38.1 (2000): 124–40. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Merger, She Wrote: Politicubism in Gertrude Stein and Erin Moure.” Open Letter 9.2 (1995): 114–22. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Homosocial Desire and the Artificial Man in Michael Ondaatje's Billy the Kid.” Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (1994): 50–70. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “Accounting for One's Self: The Business of Alterity in Fur Trade Narratives.” College Literature 20 (1993): 115–32. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Rare Space of the Female Artist: Impressionism and Audrey Thomas's Latakia.” Mosaic 26.4 (1993): 69–86. Print.


Denisoff, Dennis. “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: 1888-1901.” (2013): n. pag. Print.

Denisoff, Dennis, and L. Janzen Kooistra. “The Yellow Nineties Online (Www.1890s.Ca).” (2018): n. pag. Print.

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

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