An update on publications

Bibliography 2020-2022

The Sibyl and the International Vernon Lee Society have always worked at promoting and disseminating information about works, events and links about Vernon Lee and her circle. We are grateful to Sally for compiling the present bibliography, and for any additional information about work in progress or about any work we may have overlooked.

These references will be inserted in the Bibliography section. And they can also be found in the updated Bibliography of our database Holographical-Lee (HoL).


Baldacchino, Rachel. “Otherness and the Essay in the Pacifist Work of Vernon Lee”, in The Essay at the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form, ed. Mario Aquilina (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021) pp. 125-136

Blackburn-Daniels, Sally. and Sophie Geoffroy. “‘Traces of the Exotic’ in Vernon Lee’s ‘Oke of Okehurst; or, The Phantom Lover’”, Women’s Writing, 28:4 (2021) 569-588.

Bozant Witcher, Heather. Collaborative writing in the long nineteenth century: sympathetic partnerships and artistic creation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Denisoff, Dennis. “The Lie of the Land: Decadence, Ecology, and Arboreal Communications”, Victorian Literature and Culture; 49:4 (2021 Winter) 621-641.

Denisoff, Dennis. Decadent ecology in British literature and art, 1860-1910: decay, desire, and the pagan revival (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Dytor, Frankie. “‘The Eyes of an Intellectual Vampire’: Michael Field, Vernon Lee and Female Masculinities in Late Victorian Aestheticism” Journal of Victorian Culture, 26: 4 (2021), 582-595.

Franseen, Kristin M. “The image of the Suffragette in Vernon Lee’s Music and its Lovers”, in Women’s Suffrage in Word, Image, Music, Stage and Screen (Routledge, 2021),

Friedman, Dustin. “‘Sinister Exile’: Dionysus and the Aesthetics of Race in Walter Pater and Vernon Lee”, Victorian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Social, Political, and Cultural Studies, 63:4 (Summer 2021) 537-560.

Gagel, Amanda. “Vernon Lee, Satan the Waster (1920) and Peace with Honour (1915), Amanda Gagel”, in Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War, eds. Ralf Schneider and Jane Potter (Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, Inc.; 2021) pp. 349-369.

Herold, Katharina. “Allegories on the International Scene: Vernon Lee’s, Mina Loy’s, and Else Lasker-Schüler’s War Plays”, Feminist Modernist Studies, 4:2 (2021) 203-221.

Hobson, Suzanne. “The Ethics of Unbelief in Vernon Lee and William James”, in Unbelief in Interwar Literary Culture: Doubting Moderns (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), pp. 34-61.

Lam, Ka Yan. “‘I Had Painted Her Old and Vulgar’: Empathetic Aesthetic Contemplation and Female Agentive Haunting in Vernon Lee’s ‘Oke of Okehurst’”, Supernatural Studies, 7:1 (2021 Spring-Summer) 9-31.

Murphy, Ian. “Painted Portraits and Androgynous Apparitions in the Haunted-Portrait Narratives of Vernon Lee and E. Nesbit”, Women’s Writing, 28:4 (2021) 589-604.  

Ní Bheacháin, Caoilfhionn, and Angus Mitchell. “Alice Stopford Green and Vernon Lee: Salon Culture and Intellectual Exchange, Journal of Victorian Culture, 25: 1 (2020), 77-94.

Reader, Simon. Notework: Victorian Literature and Nonlinear Style (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2021).

Rigg, Patricia. “Eugene Lee-Hamilton’s Sonnets of the Wingless Hours: Baudelaire, Neurasthenia, and Poetic Recovery”. Victorian Studies 63.4 (2021): 491-513.

Tobin, Claudia. “Inhaling Colour: Vernon Lee and the Chromatic Body”, Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, 6 (Autumn 2021), 107-136.

Winick, Mimi. “The Sophisticated Amateur: Vernon Lee versus the Vital Liars”, in The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury academic, 2020), pp. 151-178.

Articles published online

  • “Lost in time: the wicked voice of Vernon Lee”
  • “Mind’s Eye”

  • “Vernon Lee”

  • “Lates with Lee”: British Association of Decadence Studies

  • “The haunting stories of writer Vernon Lee”
  • “Vernon Lee and the Middleton Estate”
  • “Vernon Lee, Walter Pater, and the Revival of Medieval Theatre”

Vernon Lee, Walter Pater, and the Revival of Medieval Theatre — Staging decadence


  • The Jeudis of the British Association for Decadence Studies (BADS) with the University of Surrey : “Women of the Yellow Book”, 31 March and 7 April 2022

31 March 2022: From Yellow Book Lives to Yellow Book Archives, by Jad Adamas and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. “This Jeudi featured two keynote talks. Jad Adams discussed the lives of some of the women writers of The Yellow Book, and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra shared some insights into the Yellow 90s Project, its origins, development, cultural value and contribution to decadence studies.” Press here for the recording

7 April 2022: The Yellow Book Community: Sisterhood and Collaboration. “This evening’s Jeudi brought together five speakers – Kate Krueger, Michelle Reynolds, Catia Rodrigues, Heather Marcovitch, and Sarah Parker – who have each spent time researching women who contributed to The Yellow Book. This roundtable focused on connections between Yellow Book women, and our speakers discussed partnerships, collaborations, sisterhood, conflict, and dialogues, to draw out the networks and communities that these women operated within.” Press here for the recording

Save the date

14-14 October 2022: Vernon Lee et le fantastique / Vernon Lee’s Fantastic Fiction. Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale, Centre universitaire du Musée, Boulogne-sur-Mer. Pr Marc Rolland. With the IVLS

Vernon Lee, Aesthetics and Empathy (VLAE) Sally Blackburn-Daniels & Derek Matravers, Churchill College, Cambridge on the 12th and 13th September 2022. Keynote speakers: Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at CUNY Graduate Centre. Elisa Bizzotto, Associate Professor of English Literature at Università Iuav di Venezia.


  • Victorian Popular Fiction Association, 14th Annual Hybrid Conference, 12-15 July 2022
  • Aestheticism: Sensations and Ideas, International Walter Pater Society Conference, 14-16 July 2022, Iuav University of Venice-Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Decadent Bodies, BADS, Goldsmiths, University of London, 28-29 July 2022

Keynote: Ana Parejo Vadillo (Birkbeck), ‘Red is the Colour of Life’

Plenary: Martin O’Brien (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Until the Last Breath is Breathed: Performing Queer Death’

Day 2: 11:00am

Panel I: Landscapes of decadence and desire: Vernon Lee               

Chair: Sally Blackburn-Daniels (Open University)

Anna Shane (University of Exeter), ‘The Pursuit of Love and Knowledge: Vernon Lee’s gothic stories and the queer knowledges of collecting’

Megan Girdwood (Durham University), ‘Motor Types: Vernon Lee and Kinaesthesia’

Louise Wenman-James (University of Surrey), ‘“They can touch us like living creatures”: Decadent Landscapes in Vernon Lee’s travel writing’

  • British Association of Victorian Studies 2022: University of Birmingham, 1-3 September 2022

  • Vernon Lee, Aesthetics and Empathy, Churchill College, Cambridge, 13-14 September 2022
  • Vernon Lee’s fantastic fiction / Vernon Lee et le fantastique, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 13-14 October 2022.
  • International Vernon Lee Society Annual Event and General Meeting, 14 October 2022.


Mary F. Burns, The Eleventh Commandment, A John Singer Sargent / Violet Paget Mystery, 2022.

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