The Beinecke Library is pleased to welcome visiting fellow Michèle Mendelssohn for the month April.
Donald C. Gallup Fellow
Black Lilies: Race and the Cultural Politics of Decadence from Oscar Wilde to W.E.B. Du Bois
Michèle Mendelssohn is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at Oxford University. Her current book projects include a biography of Oscar Wilde, and a study of the legacy of nineteenth century British decadence in the works of twentieth century African American writers, especially during the Harlem Renaissance. This second project has been awarded the 2014 Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American literature at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. She is also working on two co-edited books: one on late Victorian and Modernist English literature titledOxford 21st Century Approaches to Literature, 1880-1920 (for Oxford UP), and another on the contemporary British writer Alan Hollinghurst (for Manchester UP). Her first book was Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2007). It will be reissued in paperback in 2015.