Jane Desmarais

Jane Desmarais is Professor of English and Director of the Decadence Research Unit in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has written numerous essays on the theme of Decadence and has co-edited several works, including Decadence: An Annotated Anthology (with Chris Baldick, Manchester University Press, 2012), Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems (with Chris Baldick, MHRA, 2017), and Decadence and the Senses (with Alice Condé, Legenda, 2017). She is co-editor with David Weir of Decadence and Literature (2019), a volume in the Cambridge Critical Concepts series, and is currently co-editing with David Weir the Oxford Handbook of Decadence (forthcoming in 2021). Her monograph, Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present, was published by Reaktion in 2018. She is a core member of the AHRC Network: Decadence and Translation, and is currently working on the vogue for Decadent song literature of the early twentieth century.

Alice Condé

Alice Condé is Associate Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-editor of Decadence and the Senses (with Jane Desmarais, Legenda, 2017) and In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (with Jessica Gossling, Peter Lang, 2019). Her essay on ‘Decadence and Popular Culture’ is published in Jane Desmarais and David Weir’s volume on Decadence for the Cambridge Critical Concepts series (2019), and she is currently working on Decadence and its contemporary contexts.

Jessica Gossling

Jessica Gossling is a fractional lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Assistant Editor of The Literary Encyclopedia. She is co-editor of In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and has a forthcoming chapter on Decadence and interior design in the Oxford Handbook of Decadence (2021). Her essay on ‘À rebours and the House at Fontenay’ is published in Decadence and the Senses. Alongside researching the relationship between black magick and yoga, Jessica is working on her first monograph on the Decadent threshold poetics. Alice and Jessica are the webmistresses of volupté.gold.ac.uk.

Robert Pruett

Robert Pruett is a DPhil student in French at St Cross College, Oxford, where he is preparing a thesis on eros and idealism in the work of Remy de Gourmont. Alongside the Cercle des Amateurs de Remy de Gourmont (CARGO), he co-organized the Fin de Siècle Symposium (Balliol College, Oxford, 2016). In 2018, he co-organized Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His chapter on ‘Dowson, France, and the Catholic Image’ appears in In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (ed. by Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling).




Chris Baldick, Goldsmiths, University of London
Elisa Bizzotto, IUAV University of Venice
Kostas Boyiopoulos, University of Durham
Joseph Bristow, University of California, Los Angeles
Barrie Bullen, Kellogg College, Oxford
Bénédicte Coste, University of Burgundy
Dennis Denisoff, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Rita Dirks, Ambrose University, Calgary
Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Stanford University
Stefano Evangelista, Trinity College, Oxford
Nick Freeman, Loughborough University
Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter
Ellis Hanson, Cornell University
Melanie Hawthorne, A&M University, Texas
Kate Hext, University of Exeter
Isobel Hurst, Goldsmiths, University of London

Frank Krause, Goldsmiths, University of London
Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University
Catherine Maxwell, Queen Mary, University of London
Michèle Mendelssohn, Mansfield College, Oxford
Alex Murray, Queen’s University, Belfast
Lene Østermark-Johansen, University of Copenhagen
Sarah Parker, University of Loughborough
Patricia Pulham, University of Surrey
Charlotte Ribeyrol, Paris-Sorbonne University / Institut Universitaire de France and Trinity College, Oxford
Marion Thain, King’s College London
Jack Underwood, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ana Parejo Vadillo, Birkbeck, University of London
Norman Vance, University of Sussex
David Weir, Cooper Union, New York
Frances Wilson, Goldsmiths, University of London