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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.  Her recent publications include a collection of essays, Decadence and the Senses (co-ed. with Alice Condé, 2016), and an edition of the Selected Early Poems of Arthur Symons (co.ed with Chris Baldick, 2016).  She is currently editing with David Weir a volume on Decadence for the Cambridge Cultural Concepts series.  Her book Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present is published in 2018 by Reaktion. 

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 and Decadence.  She also teaches an MA option, European Decadence: Literature and the Visual Arts.

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 
  • Decadent Threshold Poetics: A Comparative Study of Threshold Space in Charles Baudelaire, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Ernest Dowson and Arthur Symons
  • Laurence Binyon and the Influence of Paterian Aestheticism 1873-1915
  • Truth and Beauty, and the Poetry of Mark Doty
  • Seizure as Cipher: a Study of the Significance of Seizures in Fiction and Memoir

Professional activities

Jane is Head of the Decadence Research Unit (DRU) in ECL, and Editor-in-Chief of Volupté,  interdisciplinary journal of Decadence Studies https://volupte.gold.ac.uk/.  She 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 2017 she co-organised an international conference on Arthur Symons (with Alice Condé, Jessica Gossling and Katharina Herold).  Jane is a peer reviewer for various journals, including 19 and Victorian Studies.

Featured work

  • Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick. MHRA, 2017
  • Decadence and the Senses, eds. Jane Desmarais and Alice Condé. Legenda, 2017
  • 'The Musical Aesthetics ("such as it is") of Arthur Symons (1865-1945)', in Arthur Symons: Writing Across the Arts and Culture, eds. Stefano Evangelista and Elisa Bizzotto. Legenda, 2017
  • ‘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.

Research Interests

My 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.  My recent publications include a collection of essays, Decadence and the Senses, (co-ed. with Alice Condé, 2016) and and edition of the Selected Early Poems of Arthur Symons (co-ed. with Chris Baldick, 2016).  I am currently editing with David Weir a volume on Decandence for the Cambridge Cultural Concepts series (forthcoming in 2019), and my book, Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present, is published in 2018 by Reaktion.

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

Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present. London: Reaktion.

A Cultural History of Decadence
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2016. A Cultural History of Decadence. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 978-0745626000

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

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

Edited Book

Decadence: Cambridge Critical Concepts series
Desmarais, Jane H. and Weir, David, eds. 2019. Decadence: Cambridge Critical Concepts series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick
Desmarais, Jane H. and Baldick, Chris, 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

Book Section

“The quintessence of quintessence”: music and musicality in Ernest Dowson’s Verse’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2018. “The quintessence of quintessence”: music and musicality in Ernest Dowson’s Verse’. In: Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling, eds. ‘Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death’: Selected essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900). Oxford: Peter Lang.

‘Prig’s prattling’ at the Fin de Siècle: Haldane MacFall and the Decay of English Art’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2018. ‘Prig’s prattling’ at the Fin de Siècle: Haldane MacFall and the Decay of English Art’. In: Bénédicte Coste, ed. Politics and Aestheticism. UNSPECIFIED.

‘The Musical Aesthetics (“such as it is”) of Arthur Symons (1865-1945)’
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. ‘The Musical Aesthetics (“such as it is”) of Arthur Symons (1865-1945)’. In: Stefano Evangelista and Elisa Bizzotto, eds. Arthur Symons: Writing Across the Arts and Culture. Oxford: Legenda, pp. 30-41. ISBN 978-1-781884-97-3

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

Perfume Clouds: Olfaction, Memory, and Desire in Arthur Symons’s London Nights (1895)
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2016. 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, pp. 62-79. ISBN 978-1-13-882634-2

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.

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

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

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; Martin Postle and Martin Vaughan, eds. Model and supermodel: The artists' model in British art and culture. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 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

Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows. Literary Encyclopedia, ISSN 1747-678X

Kenneth Grahame
Desmarais, Jane H.. 2017. Kenneth Grahame. Literary Encyclopedia, ISSN 1747-678X

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.