Jane Desmarais - Curriculum Vitae#

Research interests:

Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literature, visual culture, and music; Decadence and Aestheticism; psychoanalysis.

Academic Employment (last 5 years to date):
  • 2018 to date Professor in English, Dept of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2017 to date Director of the Decadence Research Unit
  • 2013 - 2018 Senior Lecturer in English, Dept of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London

  • 1991 - 1996 PhD (part-time), Birkbeck College, University of London
  • 1996 - DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de la Langue Française), Institut Français, London
  • 1993 - RSA/ITTI certificated in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), International House, London
  • 1985 - 1986 MA Literature and the Visual Arts, 1840-1940, University of Reading (British Academy funded)
  • 1982 - 1985 BA English, University of Reading

Leadership (last 5 years to date):
  • Chair of Research Excellence Framework, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Deputy Head of Dept of English and Comparative Literature, 2014 - present
  • Director of Associate Teaching Staff, 2011 - 2019
  • Programme Co-ordinator, BA English and Comparative Literature
  • Editor-in-Chief of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies https://volupte.gold.ac.uk/
  • Founding Chair of BADS - British Association of Decadence Studies
  • Core member of the Decadence and Translation Network and the Aestheticism and Decadence Network
  • Organiser of the yearly series of international Decadence conferences at Goldsmiths, including Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives (July 2019); Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult (July 2018); Arthur Symons at the fin de siècle (July 2017); and Decadence and the Senses (July 2014)
  • Courtauld Art Writing Research Group
  • Member and past convenor of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar, Institute of English Studies,

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