Jane Desmarais is Senior Lecturer in English, Deputy Head of Department and Director of the Decadence Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research is primarily focused on nineteenth-century literature and visual culture, specifically literary and visual Decadence, and Anglo-French cultural relations at the fin de siècle.
She has written numerous essays on the theme of decadence and has co-edited
several works, including Decadence: An Annotated Anthology (with Chris Baldick,
Manchester University Press, 2012), Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems (with Chris Baldick, MHRA, 2017), and Decadence and the Senses (with Alice Condé, 2017). Her monograph, Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present, was published by Reaktion Books in 2018.
Jane also publishes in the fields of history and psychoanalysis. She has worked on the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham (Oxford) and the journal Utilitas (Edinburgh UP). Her work in psychoanalysis focuses on two principal ideas: resistance and complementarity; and her most recent publication in this field is Presence of Mind in Neurophysiological Processes (with Lawrence Goldie).