Saint Louis University

Associate Professor
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Ellen Crowell received her Ph.D in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, with areas of emphasis in modernism, Irish Studies and the Literature of the American South. She joined the SLU English faculty in 2004.

M.A. University of Texas (1998)
Ph.D. University of Texas (2004)

Ellen Crowell's major research areas coalesce around the cultural pre-history of modernism. Through research and teaching that seeks to link the late-Victorian intellectual and artistic movements of Aestheticism and Decadence to Modernist writing in English, her work illuminates the pre-history of modernism as a historical period heralding a transformative change in political, social, and aesthetic expression. Particular areas of focus include: Modernist writing in English; the cultural history of Decadence and Aestheticism; Queer Theory and the History of Sexuality; Film Studies and Modernist Cinema; and Irish Studies, with particular emphasis on Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and Elizabeth Bowen. Her publications include Aristocratic Drag: The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction (Edinburgh, 2007), "The Picture of Charles Bon: Oscar Wilde's Trip Through Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha" (2004), and "Scarlet Carsons, Men in Masks: The Wildean Contexts of V for Vendetta (2009). Her current book project, Oscar Wilde's Body, reconstructs forgotten subcultures of mourning, fandom, and queer self-fashioning to reimagine Oscar Wilde's presence in the literary and cultural landscapes of early modernism.

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The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction: Aristocratic Drag. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.


"Posthumous Playback: Oscar Wilde and the Phonographic Logic of Modern Biography." Modern Fiction Studies 59.3 (2013): 480-500. 

"Christopher Millard's Mysterious Book: Oscar Wilde, Baron Corvo, and the Unwritten Quest." Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives. Ed. Joseph Bristow. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 343-66.

"Oscar Wilde's Tomb: Silence and the Aesthetics of Queer Memorial." BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. November 2102. Web.

"The Picture of Charles Bon: Oscar Wilde's Trip through Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha." Modern Fiction Studies 50 (2004): 595-631. Rpt. in William Faulkner and his Modern Fiction Studies Critics. Ed. John Duvall. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

"Mr. Gielgud Regrets: Panic at the 1954 Wilde Centenary." UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Newsletter, Fall 2009.

"Scarlet Carsons, Men in Masks: The Wildean Contexts of V for Vendetta." Neo-Victorian Studies ( 1.2 (2009): 17-45.

"Ghosting the Llangollen Ladies: Female Intimacy, Ascendancy Exile, and the Anglo-Irish Novel." Eire-Ireland 40.3-4 (2004): 54-72.

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