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Dr Alice Condé

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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

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