Dennis DennisoffOctober 15th, 2010
Upon receiving his Ph.D. from McGill University, Dr. Denisoff held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Waterloo before joining Ryerson in 2000. Dr. Denisoff is currently Chair and Professor of English, a member of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Exeter, and a member of the Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University.
Dr. Denisoff held a Ryerson Research Chair in English from 2004 to 2008, is the 2010 recipient of the President’s Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the 2011 recipient of Ryerson’s Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award. He has given keynote addresses and guest lectures at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, Oxford University, Oxford-Brookes University, the University of Exeter, the University of Birmingham and, forthcoming, at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Plymouth.
Dr. Denisoff specializes in: digital humanities; Victorian visual culture and visual modes of digital research; paganism, decadence and aestheticism; queer studies; and children’s studies. He is co-editor of the journal Nineteenth Century Studies, and is serving or has served on the editorial or advisory boards of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net , Victorian Review, Essays on Canadian Writing and torquere: journal of gay and lesbian studies.
The author and editor of 11 books, Dr. Denisoff’s publications include two novels, a collection of poetry, and editions of others’ creative works. His monographs Aestheticism and Sexual Parody, 1840-1940 (Cambridge, 2001) and Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film, 1850-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) both address the influence of mass media, as well as print and visualizing technology, on identity formation. He has recently also edited the essay collection The Nineteenth Century Child and Consumer Culture (Ashgate 2007), expanding his inquiry into the commodification of the child’s body through art and literature.