Nicholas Frankel

Nicholas Frankel, PhD


(804) 828-4463

Anderson House, 913 W. Franklin St., room 202

Office hours: Friday 3–5pm and by appointment

Curriculum vitae

19th Century


  • PhD in English Literature, University of Virginia, 1994
  • MA in English Literature, University of Southern California, 1988
  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, Oxford University, 1984

Research Interests

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Poetry of the 1890s
  • Pre-Raphaelite Art and Poetry
  • The Aesthetic and Decadent movements
  • Victorian art and design
  • Victorian print culture
  • Victorian illustration and bookmaking
  • Editorial theory

Select Publications


  • ENGL 301: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 337: Victorian Poetry
  • ENGL 499: Oscar Wilde and His Circle
  • ENGL 391/491: Love and Death in Victorian Fiction
  • ENGL 614 and MATX 690: Art for Art’s Sake: Fin de Siècle Literature and Art


  • The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition was named a Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book and an Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Book, by the American Library Association, at the Stonewall Book Awards in 2012
  • Elske v. P. Smith Distinguished Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010–11
  • Fellowships at Harry Ransom Center, Texas (2016), Yale Center for British Art (2006), and the National Humanities Center (2001/02)
  • Winner, Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize (2001), given biennially by the Society for Textual Scholarship.