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Dr Jane Desmarais

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PositionSenior Lecturer in English, Deputy Head of Department and Director of Associate Teaching Staff
Email j.desmarais (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7448
Dr Jane Desmarais

Jane Desmarais is Senior Lecturer in English, Deputy Head of Department and Director of Associate Teaching Staff. Her research is primarily focused on nineteenth-century literature and visual culture, specifically literary and visual Decadence, and Anglo-French cultural relations at the fin de siècle.

She is currently finishing a book on the metaphor of the hothouse flower for Reaktion Press, entitled Flowers of Evil: Hothouse Flowers and Tropical Plants (2016), a volume of essays entitled Decadence and the Senses (with Alice Condé, 2016), and an edition of the Selected Early Poems of Arthur Symons (with Chris Baldick, 2016).

Jane also publishes in the fields of history and psychoanalysis.  She has worked on the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham (Oxford) and the journal Utilitas (Edinburgh UP).  Her work in psychoanalysis focuses on two principal ideas: resistance and complementarity; and her most recent publication in this field is Presence of Mind in Neurophysiological Processes (with Lawrence Goldie).

Academic qualifications

  • 1996, Ph.D., ‘The Beardsley Industry’, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 1986, MA, Literature and the Visual Arts, 1840-1940, Reading University
  • 1985, BA Hons. English, Reading University

Teaching

Jane is the Convenor of Introduction to Comparative Literature, and Decadence. She teaches on Literature of the Victorian Period, Introduction to Comparative Literature, Studies in Comparative Literature, Post-Victorian Literature, Literary London, Decadence.

Areas of supervision

Jane welcomes research proposals on any aspect of literary and visual Decadence. Current and recent PhD projects include:

  • Writing Masochism and the Cruel Woman in English Decadence, 1860-1900 
  • Threshold Space in Decadent Writing, 1850-1900
  • Seizure as Cipher: a Study of the Significance of Seizures in Fiction and Memoir

Professional activities

Jane is an active member of the IES London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar, co-convening in 2008 (with Sally Ledger) a series of seminars on ‘Decadence’, and in 2013 (with Isobel Hurst) a series on ‘Decadence: Ancient and Modern’.  In 2014 she co-organised an international conference on Decadence and the Senses at Goldsmiths (with Alice Condé, Jessica Gossling and Angela Dunstan).  Jane is a peer reviewer for various journals, including 19 and Victorian Studies.

Featured work

  • ‘Perfume Clouds: olfaction, memory and desire in Arthur Symons’s London Nights (1895)’.  In Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives, eds. Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates and Patricia Pulham.  Routledge, 2016.
  • Du Maurier and the Artist’s Model’.  In Beyond Svengali: George du Maurier: Illustrator, Critic, Author, eds. Paul Goldman and Simon Cooke.  Ashgate, 2015.
  • a series of essays on 1890s poets to the online Literary Encyclopaedia, 2015.
  • Decadence: An Annotated Anthology, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick.  Manchester University Press, 2014.

Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on 19th-century literature and visual culture, specifically literary and visual Decadence, and Anglo-French cultural relations at the fin de siècle.  I am currently working on a book on the metaphor of the hot-house flower for Reaktion Press, entitled Flowers of Evil: Hothouse Flowers and Tropical Plants, and an edition of Arthur Symons's Early Selected Poems, co-edited with Chris Baldick.

I also publish in the fields of history and psychoanalysis.  I have worked as an editor on the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham (Oxford), on the journal Utilitas (Edinburgh UP), and as a translator, most recently of manuscript material for Bentham, Law and Marriage (2011) by Mary Sokol.  My work in psychoanalysis is both theoretical and clinical in orientation, focusing on two principal ideas: resistance and complementarity; and my most recent publication in this field is Presence of Mind in Neurophysiological Processes, co-written with Lawrence Goldie.

 

Publications

Book

Hothouse Flowers: A Cultural History, 1850–1950
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. Hothouse Flowers: A Cultural History, 1850–1950. London: Reaktion.

Presence of Mind in Neurophysiological Processes
Goldie, Lawrence and Desmarais, Jane H.. 2013. Presence of Mind in Neurophysiological Processes. Karnac Books. ISBN 9781855758858

The model on the writers' block: The model in fiction from Balzac to du Maurier
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2006. The model on the writers' block: The model in fiction from Balzac to du Maurier. Manchester University Press. ISBN 071906662X

Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients: Bearing Cancer in Mind
Goldie, Lawrence and Desmarais, Jane H.. 2005. Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients: Bearing Cancer in Mind. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781583918579

The Beardsley Industry: the Critical Reception in England and France from 1893 to 1914
Desmarais, Jane H.. 1998. The Beardsley Industry: the Critical Reception in England and France from 1893 to 1914. Basingstoke: Ashgate. ISBN 781840142051

A Cultural History of Decadence
Desmarais, Jane H.. A Cultural History of Decadence. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Edited Book

Decadence: Cambridge Critical Concepts series
Desmarais, Jane H. and Weir, David, eds. 2018. Decadence: Cambridge Critical Concepts series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick
Baldick, Chris and Desmarais, Jane H., eds. 2017. Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick. Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association. ISBN 978-1-781880-99-9

Decadence: An annotated anthology
Desmarais, Jane and Baldick, Chris, eds. 2011. Decadence: An annotated anthology. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719075513

An Essay on Irish Bulls
Desmarais, Jane H. and Butler, Marilyn, eds. 2007. An Essay on Irish Bulls. University College Dublin Press. ISBN 9781904558750

Model and Supermodel: The Artist’s Model in British Art and Culture
Desmarais, Jane H.; Postle, Martin and Vaughan, Martin, eds. 2006. Model and Supermodel: The Artist’s Model in British Art and Culture. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-6662-7

The Generosity of Acceptance: Exploring Feeding Difficulties in Children
Williams, Gianna; Williams, Paul; Ravenscroft, Kent and Desmarais, Jane H., eds. 2003. The Generosity of Acceptance: Exploring Feeding Difficulties in Children. London: Karnac. ISBN 9781855759343

The Generosity of Acceptance: Exploring Eating Disorders in Adolescents
Williams, Gianna; Williams, Paul; Ravenscroft, Kent and Desmarais, Jane H., eds. 2003. The Generosity of Acceptance: Exploring Eating Disorders in Adolescents. London: Karnac. ISBN 9781855752610

Irish Bulls in The Novels and selected Works of Maria Edgeworth Volume 1
Desmarais, Jane H., ed. 1999. Irish Bulls in The Novels and selected Works of Maria Edgeworth Volume 1. Pickering and Chatto. ISBN 978 1 85196 188 7

Decadence and the Senses
Desmarais, Jane H. and Condé, Alice, eds. Decadence and the Senses. Cambridge: Legenda.

Book Section

Without Memory or desire: the model's progress in du Maurier's Trilby
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2016. Without Memory or desire: the model's progress in du Maurier's Trilby. In: Paul Goldman and Simon Cooke, eds. George du Maurier: Illustrator, Critic, Author. Ashgate Publishing Limited; New edition. ISBN 978-1472431592

Du Maurier and the Artist’s Model’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Du Maurier and the Artist’s Model’. In: Paul Goldman and Simon Cooke, eds. Beyond Svengali: George du Maurier: Illustrator, Critic, Author. Farnham: Ashgate.

Perfume Clouds: Olfaction, Memory, and Desire in Arthur Symons’s London Nights (1895)
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Perfume Clouds: Olfaction, Memory, and Desire in Arthur Symons’s London Nights (1895). In: Jane Ford; Kim Edward Keates and Patricia Pulham, eds. Economies of Desire at the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-13-882634-2

The model on the writers' block: The model in fiction from Balzac to du Maurier
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2006. The model on the writers' block: The model in fiction from Balzac to du Maurier. In: Jane H. Desmarais; M. Postle and W. Vaughan, eds. Model and Supermodel: The Artist's Model in British Art and Culture. Manchester University Press, pp. 47-60. ISBN 071906662X

‘Motherless Child and the Refusal of Maternity’ (‘Enfant sans maman et le refus de la maternité’)
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2006. ‘Motherless Child and the Refusal of Maternity’ (‘Enfant sans maman et le refus de la maternité’). In: Moira Inghilleri, ed. Swinging Her Breasts at History: Language, Body and Text in Caribbean Women’s Writing. Mango Publishing, pp. 210-223. ISBN 978-1902294216

The Model: Susannah Gregory in conversation with Jane Desmarais
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2005. The Model: Susannah Gregory in conversation with Jane Desmarais. In: Jane H. Desmarais; Martin Postle and William Vaughan, eds. Model and Supermodel: The Artist’s Model in British Art and Culture. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 151-161. ISBN 978-0-7190-6662-7

Charles Baudelaire’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2004. Charles Baudelaire’. In: Christopher John Murray, ed. Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760–1850 Vol 1. 1 London: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 59-61. ISBN 978-1579583613

Le Salon de 1846
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2004. Le Salon de 1846. In: Christopher John Murray, ed. Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760–1850 Vol 2. 2 London: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 985-986. ISBN 978-1579583613

Joseph Wright’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2004. Joseph Wright’. In: Christopher John Murray, ed. Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760–1850 Vol 2. 2 London: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 1235-1236. ISBN 978-1579583613

‘Judge a Book by Its Cover’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2001. ‘Judge a Book by Its Cover’. In: Warwick Gould, ed. Yeats and the Nineties Yeats Annual No 14: A Special Number. 14 Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 365-371. ISBN 978-0-333-71640-3

Maria Edgeworth 1768-1849
Desmarais, Jane H.. 1998. Maria Edgeworth 1768-1849. In: Joanne Shattock, ed. The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature Volume 4. 1800–1900. 4 Cambridge University Press, pp. 901-907. ISBN 9780521391009

Honoré de Balzac’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 1997. Honoré de Balzac’. In: , ed. The Novel. University of London. ISBN 07187 14342

”The quintessence of quintessence”: Ernest Dowson, music and beauty
Desmarais, Jane H.. ”The quintessence of quintessence”: Ernest Dowson, music and beauty. In: , ed. UNSPECIFIED UNSPECIFIED.

Article

Two articles for the online Literary Encyclopedia on the following: Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. Two articles for the online Literary Encyclopedia on the following: Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows. The Literary Encyclopaedia,

Shedding light on the ‘Pre-Raphaelite stunners’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2016. Shedding light on the ‘Pre-Raphaelite stunners’. The Conversation,

Review: kostas boyiopoulos. The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson.
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Review: kostas boyiopoulos. The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson. Review of English Studies, 67(279), pp. 393-394. ISSN 0034-6551

Matthew Potolsky: The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2013. 232 pages.
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Matthew Potolsky: The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2013. 232 pages. arcadia, 50(2), pp. 464-467. ISSN 0003-7982

Review: Matthew Potolsky, The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, pp. 232. ISBN 978-0-8122-4449-6
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Review: Matthew Potolsky, The Decadent Republic of Letters: Taste, Politics, and Cosmopolitan Community from Baudelaire to Beardsley, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, pp. 232. ISBN 978-0-8122-4449-6. The Oscholars, ISSN 2045-0753

Ernest Christopher Dowson
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. Ernest Christopher Dowson. Literary Encyclopaedia,

Lionel Johnson
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2014. Lionel Johnson. The Literary Encyclopedia,

Lord Alfred Douglas
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2014. Lord Alfred Douglas. Literary Encyclopedia,

John Henry Gray
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2014. John Henry Gray. The Literary Encyclopedia,

Arthur William Symons
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2014. Arthur William Symons. The Literary Encyclopedia,

Shrinking the Stereotype of Psychoanalysis
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2005. Shrinking the Stereotype of Psychoanalysis. Psychotherapy Section Review, 38, pp. 27-36.

Preferring not to: The Paradox of Passive Resistance in Herman Melville's 'Bartleby'
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2001. Preferring not to: The Paradox of Passive Resistance in Herman Melville's 'Bartleby'. Journal of the Short Story in English, 36, pp. 25-39. ISSN 0294-0442

Anorexic and Passive Resistance in Melville’s “Bartleby” (1853): A Literary Case Study’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2001. Anorexic and Passive Resistance in Melville’s “Bartleby” (1853): A Literary Case Study’. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 18, pp. 82-93. ISSN 1362-6620

The Paradox of Passive Resistance in Herman Melville's "Bartleby"
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2001. The Paradox of Passive Resistance in Herman Melville's "Bartleby". Journal of the Short Story in English, 36, pp. 25-39.

The Musical Analogy in Beardsley Criticism 1898-1914
Desmarais, Jane H.. 1997. The Musical Analogy in Beardsley Criticism 1898-1914. Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 6, pp. 64-90. ISSN 1060-149X

The Bentham Project
Desmarais, Jane H.. 1990. The Bentham Project. UCL News,

Conference or Workshop Item

The Musical Aesthetics (‘such as it is’) of Arthur Symons (1865-1945)
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2015. 'The Musical Aesthetics (‘such as it is’) of Arthur Symons (1865-1945)'. In: Arthur Symons: Writing Across Arts and Cultures. IUAV, Venice, Italy.

Memory and desire in Arthur Symons’ London Nights (1895)
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2011. 'Memory and desire in Arthur Symons’ London Nights (1895)'. In: Decadent Poetics. University of Exeter, United Kingdom.