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Ellen Crowell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


M.A., University of Texas, 1998
Ph.D., University of Texas, 2004

Research Interests

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.

Publications and Media Placements

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.