Network Members

The network consists of a ‘core group’ of academics, scholars, translators, and stakeholders:

Dr Matthew Creasy is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is the Primary Investigator for the AHRC Network: Decadence and Translation. His critical edition of Arthur Symons’ The Symbolist Movement in Literature was published by Fyfield-Carcanet during 2014. He has published essays and articles on the work of James Joyce, William Empson, Arthur Symons and Decadence. He is currently editing Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore for the MHRA-imprint ‘Jewelled Tortoise’.

He teaches and supervises work on Victorian literature, the fin de siècle, Modernism, James Joyce and British children’s literature.

Dr Jane Desmarais is Professor of English in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. She has written numerous essays on the theme of Decadence and her recent publications include Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present, published in 2018 by Reaktion Books, a collection of essays, Decadence and the Senses (co-ed. with Alice Condé, 2016), and an edition of the Selected Early Poems of Arthur Symons (co-ed with Chris Baldick, 2016). She is currently editing with David Weir a volume on Decadence for the Cambridge Critical Concepts series (forthcoming in 2019).

Dr Guy Ducrey is a Professor in Comparative Literature at Université de Strasbourg. His research concentrates on the dialogue between literary texts and performance at the fin de siècle and he has published over 80 articles and essays on related topics. His most recent monograph is Tout pour les yeux. Littérature et spectacle autour de 1900 (2010) and he has edited works by Victorien Sardou, Pierre Louys, Jean Lorrain, Rachilde and others.

Professor Stefano-Maria Evangelista is Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Trinity College Oxford and a fellow of the Centre for British Studies, Berlin. He is currently working on an AHRC-funded project, The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English ‘Fin de Siècle’. Previous publications include British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece: Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile (2009) and the edited collections , The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe (2010); Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate (2013); and, Arthur Symons: Poet, Critic, Vagabond (2018).

Graham Henderson – is chief executive of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. As a cultural entrepreneur, he is best known for developing the arts organisation Poet in the City and he has been involved in many other arts-related initiatives, including the development of a public art consultancy, the creation of an international arts network and a campaign to create a new investment fund for the arts

Dr Richard Hibbitt is Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds, where he co-directs the Centre for World Literatures. He is the co-editor of Comparative Critical Studies, the journal of the British Comparative Literature Association. His recent publications include the edited volume Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space (Palgrave, 2017) and Oysters, nightingales and cooking-pots, a bilingual open-access edition of selected poems and prose pieces by Tristan Corbière, translated by Christopher Pilling and co-edited with Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe (White Rose University Press, 2018). He has also published essays on Charles Baudelaire,  Paul Bourget, Jules Laforgue, Arthur Rimbaud, Georges Rodenbach, and Oscar Wilde.

Dr Jennifer Higgins is a translator from French and Italian. She has translated several works of fiction and is currently co-translating Un renard à mains nues by Emmanuelle Pagano for Peirene Press. She is also co-founder of the new Oxford Translation Outreach Centre, promoting translation in local schools and the wider community.

Professor Claire Squires is a Professor of Publishing Studies and Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling. She is a judge for the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award and past judge for the Literary Awards, and previously worked at Hodder Headline publishers. Her academic publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and Philip Pullman: Master Storyteller.

In addition, invited speakers will be contributing to each of the four network events – check back on this page for more information, as it becomes available.


Image Credit: Aubrey Beardsley, illustration to Oscar Wilde, Salome (1912) -@ University of Glasgow Library 2018