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Dennis Denisoff, Ph.D.

Chair of English & Creative Writing

Ida Barnard McFarlin Chair in English and Film Studies


Dennis Denisoff works in environmental humanities and gender/sexuality/queer studies with an emphasis on Victorian and Modernist literature and culture. He is the author of 4 scholarly monographs, 3 books of creative writing, 7 edited works, and 4 co-edited works. He has recently published “Decadent Ecology: Decay, Desire, and the Pagan Revival” (Cambridge 2022) and guest-edited special journal issues on “Global Decadence” (Feminist Modernist Studies, 2021) and “Scales of Decadence” (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2021). He is currently editing the “Cambridge Companion to Victorian Literature and the Environment” (Cambridge 2024). He is past co-director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and past president of the North American Victorian Studies Association. He edits the Routledge book series “Among the Victorians and the Modernists.”

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, University of London Queen Mary (2022); President’s Award, North American Victorian Studies Association (2021); Research Fellow, University of Oxford (2014); Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, Ryerson University (2011); President’s Award, Nineteenth Century Studies Association (2010); Research Fellow, University of Exeter (2007); Research Chair, Ryerson University (2005-08); Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (1996-97).


  • Ph.D., McGill University
  • M.A., McGill University

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Environmentalism
  • Eco-activism
  • Sexuality
  • Queer studies
  • Animal activism
  • Decadence
  • Victorian literature
  • Modernism
  • Paganism
  • Occultism