Dr Alice Condé

Staff details

PositionPostdoctoral Associate Tutor
Email a.conde (@gold.ac.uk)

Alice Condé is a Postdoctoral Associate Tutor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. Her research is based on nineteenth-century Decadent literature, in particular the representation of masochism and cruel women in the work of A. C. Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson. She is currently co-editing two collections of essays: with Jane Desmarais, Decadence and the Senses, to be published by Legenda in early 2017, and with Jessica Gossling, ‘Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death’: Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900), to be published by Peter Lang in 2018.

Academic qualifications 

  • PhD English and Comparative Literature (Goldsmiths, 2015)
  • MA English (King’s College London, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) English (Goldsmiths, 2008)

Teaching (between 2011 and 2017)

  • Literature of the Victorian Period & Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period
  • Approaches to Text
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature, Salome module
  • Studies in Comparative Literature, Fin de Siècle module
  • Short Story

Research Interests

Research and publications

Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling (eds.), ‘Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death’: Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) (Oxford: Peter Lang, forthcoming), includes my chapter ‘“The pale roses expire”: Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo’

Jane Desmarais and Alice Condé (eds.), Decadence and the Senses (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming 2017), includes my chapter ‘Sensory Nullification in the Poetry of Ernest Dowson’

Review of Kostas Boyiopoulos, The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, for The Oscholars, www.oscholars.com (May 2016)

PhD thesis, ‘Incorporeal Punishment: Writing Masochism and the Cruel Woman in English Decadence, 1860-1900’ (Goldsmiths, 2015), supervised by Dr Jane Desmarais

Selected conference papers 

‘“The pale roses expire”: Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo’, Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): Poet, translator, novelist, Goldsmiths, 15 April 2016

‘Mirrors, shadows, dancing girls: the Decadent woman in Arthur Symons’s London Nights’, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), 21 February 2013

‘A. C. Swinburne and the masochistic fantasy of the cruel woman’, London Nineteenth-Century Seminar, 2 February 2013

‘The masochistic game in nineteenth-century Decadence, and why Oscar Wilde’s Salomé cannot play along’, LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, Goldsmiths, 22 June 2012

‘The Decadent cruel woman, masochism, and the dynamics of control’, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), 15 March 2012

‘Writing masochism in nineteenth-century Decadence’, Goldsmiths Postgraduate Symposium, 20 May 2011

‘Writing the cruelty of female sexuality in Wilde’s Salomé’, Transgression and its Limits, University of Stirling, 30 May 2010

Conference organisation

Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle, Goldsmiths, 21 July 2017 (https://symons2017.wordpress.com/)

Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): Poet, translator, novelist, Goldsmiths, 15 April 2016 (https://dowson2016.wordpress.com/)

Decadence and the Senses, Goldsmiths, 10-11 April 2014 (https://decadence2014.wordpress.com/)

Traces, Goldsmiths, 14 June 2013

London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Postgraduate Day, Senate House, University of London, 20 April 2013

LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, Goldsmiths, 22 June 2012

Publications

Edited Book

‘Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death’: Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)
Condé, Alice and Gossling, Jessica, eds. 2018. ‘Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death’: Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900). Oxford: Peter Lang.

Decadence and the Senses
Desmarais, Jane H. and Condé, Alice, eds. 2017. Decadence and the Senses. Oxford: Legenda. ISBN 978-1-78188-481-2

Book Section

'Things worldly and things spiritual': Joris-Karl Huysmans’s A rebours and the house at Fontenay
Gossling, Jessica. 2017. 'Things worldly and things spiritual': Joris-Karl Huysmans’s A rebours and the house at Fontenay. In: Alice Condé and Jane H. Desmarais, eds. Decadence and the Senses. Oxford: Legenda, pp. 66-82. ISBN 978-1-781884-81-2

Sensory Nullification in the Poetry of Ernest Dowson
Condé, Alice. 2017. Sensory Nullification in the Poetry of Ernest Dowson. In: Jane H. Desmarais and Alice Condé, eds. Decadence and the Senses. Cambridge: Legenda, pp. 200-218. ISBN 9781781884812

Article

Review of Kostas Boyiopoulos, The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), pp. xii + 219. ISBN 9780748690923.
Condé, Alice. 2016. Review of Kostas Boyiopoulos, The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), pp. xii + 219. ISBN 9780748690923. The Oscholars,

Conference or Workshop Item

The afterlife of the Decadent femme fatale: Phantasmal delusion in Ben Hecht’s Fantazius Mallare (1922)
Condé, Alice. 2017. 'The afterlife of the Decadent femme fatale: Phantasmal delusion in Ben Hecht’s Fantazius Mallare (1922)'. In: Neo-Victorian Decadences. Durham University, United Kingdom 8-9 September 2017.

"The pale roses expire": Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo
Condé, Alice. 2016. '"The pale roses expire": Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo'. In: Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): Poet, translator, novelist. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 15 April 2016.

Mirrors, shadows, dancing girls: the Decadent woman in Arthur Symons’s London Nights
Condé, Alice. 2013. 'Mirrors, shadows, dancing girls: the Decadent woman in Arthur Symons’s London Nights'. In: Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS). Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 21 February 2013.

A. C. Swinburne and the masochistic fantasy of the cruel woman
Condé, Alice. 2013. 'A. C. Swinburne and the masochistic fantasy of the cruel woman'. In: London Nineteenth-Century Seminar. Senate House, United Kingdom 2 February 2013.

The masochistic game in nineteenth-century Decadence, and why Oscar Wilde’s Salomé cannot play along
Condé, Alice. 2012. 'The masochistic game in nineteenth-century Decadence, and why Oscar Wilde’s Salomé cannot play along'. In: LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 22 June 2012.

The Decadent cruel woman, masochism, and the dynamics of control
Condé, Alice. 2012. 'The Decadent cruel woman, masochism, and the dynamics of control'. In: Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS). Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 15 March 2012.

Writing masochism in nineteenth-century Decadence
Condé, Alice. 2011. 'Writing masochism in nineteenth-century Decadence'. In: Goldsmiths Postgraduate Symposium. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 20 May 2011.

Writing the cruelty of female sexuality in Wilde’s Salomé
Condé, Alice. 2010. 'Writing the cruelty of female sexuality in Wilde’s Salomé'. In: Transgression and its Limits. University of Stirling, United Kingdom 30 May 2010.

Thesis

Incorporeal Punishment : Writing Masochism and the Cruel Woman in English Decadence, 1860-1900
Condé, Alice. 2015. Incorporeal Punishment : Writing Masochism and the Cruel Woman in English Decadence, 1860-1900. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London