© 2006

Vernon Lee

Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics

  • Catherine Maxwell
  • Patricia Pulham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Catherine Maxwell, Patricia Pulham
      Pages 1-20
  3. Creative Connections

    1. Catherine Maxwell
      Pages 21-39
    2. Laurel Brake
      Pages 40-57
  4. Decadent Dissolutions

  5. Queer Contexts

  6. Art and Argument

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-210

About this book


This, the first collection of essays on the aesthete and intellectual Vernon Lee, offers a wide range of critical writings by scholars. Key works are examined including Euphorion, Hauntings: Fantastic Stories and Music and Its Lovers . New light is shed on Lee's relationships with contemporaries such as Lee-Hamilton, Pater and Wilde.


aesthetics body ethics gender Oscar Wilde Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Maxwell
    • 1
  • Patricia Pulham
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen Mary, University of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of PortsmouthUK

About the editors

LAUREL BRAKE Professor in Literature and Print Culture at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK JO BRIGGS PhD student at Yale University, USA GRACE BROCKINGTON British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, UK DENNIS DENISOFF Ryerson Chair in the English Department and Graduate Programme in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada STEFANO EVANGELISTA Fitzjames Research Fellow in English at Merton College, Oxford, UK MARGARET D. STETZ Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, USA CATHERINE ANNE WILEY Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA CHRISTA ZORN Associate Professor of English and Co-ordinator of Women and Gender Studies at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, USA

Bibliographic information


'Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics... plays an integral role in reinvigorating the literary reputation of one of the most important late-Victorian women writers.' - Kristin Mahoney, Victorian Studies

'a thoroughly stimulating, cogent, highly readable collection of essays, that will undoubtedly attract further critical attention to one of the most original interdisciplinary thinkers of her generation' - Shafquat Towheed, Nineteenth-Century Literature

'Maxwell and Pulham's joint Introduction sets the agenda with a rich biographical, cultural and critical contextualisation of Lee and her works... Catherine Maxwell and Patricia Pulham as well as Palgrave...are to be commended.' - Matthew Mitton, Women: A Cultural Review