In addition to the project leaders, the network consists of a ‘core group’ of academics, scholars, translators, and stakeholders and a group of invited scholars, contributing expertise on particular topics.

Project Leaders

Matthew Creasy is a Senior 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.

Michael Shaw is a Lecturer at the University of Stirling. He is author of The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), which examines several of Scotland’s artistic and cultural links with other nations around the 1890s (including Belgium, Japan and Ireland). His edition of the correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie, A Friendship in Letters (forthcoming with Sandstone Press, 2020), publishes all of Barrie’s ‘lost’ letters to Samoa for the first time and reveals the marked influence that their friendship had on Barrie’s life and works. He teaches Scottish literature and the fin de siècle at Stirling.

Eleanor Capaldi (Project Assistant) is a PhD student researching the lives of digitised artworks, in a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland. Previously Eleanor project assisted for the Decadence and Translation Network. Recently, Eleanor co-curated Edwin Morgan: An Eardley on My Wall at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Core Group

Sarah Ames (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh)

Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow)

Russell Clegg (Patrick Geddes Centre, Edinburgh)

Sarah Dunnigan (University of Edinburgh)

Michelle Foot (Edinburgh College of Art)

Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland)

David Goldie (University of Strathclyde)

Patricia Grant (Special Collections, Mitchell Library)

Graham Hogg (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh)

Catriona Macdonald (University of Glasgow)

Sian Reynolds (University of Stirling)

Elsa Richardson (University of Strathclyde)

Alex Thomson (University of Edinburgh)


Invited Experts

M.H. Beals (Loughborough University)

Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde)

Bénédicte Coste teaches Victorian literature and culture at the University of Burgundy, France. She mainly works on Walter Pater and late-nineteenth-century writers engaged in cosmopolitanism to explore their reception in France. She has published on Arthur Symons, Vernon Lee, Ernest Dowson, the Pagan Review. With Dr Caroline Crépiat, she is preparing the “Décabase”, a database on translation of Decadent British writers in French periodicals.

Koenraad Claes is a Lecturer in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). He mainly researches and teaches the Romantic period at the moment,  but his book The Late-Victorian Little Magazine (Edinburgh UP, 2018) has chapters on the cosmopolitan Scottish journals the Pagan Review and the Evergreen, and he has published elsewhere on the latter as well. He serves as managing editor of the open-access journal Authorship and as Biographies Acquisition Editor for Yellow Nineties 2.0.

Stefano Evangelista is Associate Professor of English at Oxford University and Fellow of Trinity College and of the Centre for British Studies of the Humboldt University (Berlin). He works on nineteenth-century English and comparative literature, and is especially interested in the reception of the classics and the relationship between literary and visual cultures. He is the author of British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece: Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile (2009) and the editor or co-editor of volumes on, among others, Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, literature and sculpture in the fin de siècle, and literature and transnational space around 1900. His research on literary cosmopolitanism has been funded by the AHRC and the British Academy, and from 2018 to 2020 he ran the AHRC Decadence and Translation network alongside Matthew Creasy. His book Citizens of Nowhere: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle is due to be published next year.

David Finkelstein is a cultural historian who published over 70 books, essays and refereed journal articles in areas related to nineteenth-century cultural history, print culture and media history, several of which have won awards.

Richard Hibbitt is Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds, where he co-directs the Centre for World Literatures. His research interests are in the fin-de-siècle, cultural exchange, and poetics. He is the co-editor of the journal Comparative Critical Studies. More information can be found on his webpage: 

Linda K. Hughes is Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University. She specializes in historical media studies (poetry, periodicals, serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; and transnationality. She has recently edited The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry (Cambridge, 2019) and contributed a chapter entitled “Enclosing Forms, Opening Spaces: the 1880s Fixed-Verse Revival” to Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition: The 1880s, ed. Penny Fielding and Andrew Taylor (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her essay “Vernon Lee:  Slow Serialist and Journalist at the Fin de Siècle” is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture. Vernon Lee is also the focus of chapter 8 of her forthcoming monograph from Cambridge University Press, Victorian Women Writers and the Other Germany: Cross-Cultural Freedoms and Female Opportunity (2022).

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is Professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research focuses on Victorian illustrated books and periodicals and digital editing and remediation. Recent publications include “Clemence Housman’s The Were-Wolf: Querying Transgression, Seeking Trans/Formation” for a special issue on Trans Victorians in Victorian Review; “Victorian Women Wood Engravers: The Case of Clemence Housman” in Edinburgh Companion to Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period, edited by Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers; and “Floating Worlds: Wood Engraving and Women’s Poetry” in the Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry, edited by Linda K. Hughes. She is Principal Investigator of Yellow Nineties 2.0, a peer-reviewed electronic resource dedicated to the study of fin-de-siècle little magazines in the context of their production and reception, augmented by scholarly essays and biographies. The Y90s digital edition of the Celtic Revival magazine The Evergreen (1895-1896/7) enables users to study the international connections and cosmopolitan vision of its publisher, Patrick Geddes, and its contributors from Scotland, the continent, and beyond.

Charlotte Lauder (University of Strathclyde)

Alex Murray is a senior lecturer in English at Queen’s University Belfast. He is currently completing a monograph, Decadent Conservatism: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Past,  under contract with Oxford University Press, and editing, with Sarah Parker, Michael Field’s For That Moment Only and Other Prose Works for the MHRA’s Jewelled Tortoise series. Other recent publications include the edited collections Decadence: A Literary History (Cambridge UP, 2020), and with Kate Hext Decadence in the Age of Modernism (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019).

Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill University)

Fraser Riddell (Durham University)