NCSA 2010 President's Award Minimize
Dennis Denisoff
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, Ryerson University


Dennis Denisoff, who has served as NCSA Vice President since 2007, has had an extraordinary impact on the field of interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies as well as on this association. Between 1993 and 2008 Dennis edited Queeries: An Anthology of Canadian Gay Male Prose; the Oxford World Classics edition of Trilby; Perennial Decay: On the Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence; The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories; and The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture. He is the author of Erin Mouré and Her Works; Aestheticism and Sexual Parody (1840-1940); and Sexual Visuality from Literature to Film (1850-1950) and he is currently at work on a manuscript on the eco-pagan strain of British Decadence. An exceedingly generous scholar, Dennis participates in conferences all over the world, both as moderator and presenter, and has held leadership positions in the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario as well as the North American Victorian Studies Association. His work has advanced the study of gender and sexuality as well as the aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century, and his recent ecocritical work on paganism, disseminated through conference papers and articles, has already expanded significantly what we know and think about the aesthetic movement. Dennis is also actively engaged in digital humanities, the creator of websites on Victorian pulp fiction and the fin de siècle, the latter of which will eventually include the full text of The Yellow Book. And this is apart from the two novels and the volume of poetry that Dennis published between 1991 and 2003.

According to the NCSA Constitution, the Vice President assists the President in the administration of the Association; he or she oversees publications, planning, and all committees; and prepares and maintains a document of guidelines for conference chairs-complicated yet essential tasks that Dennis Denisoff has carried out with exemplary conscientiousness and patience, taming the beast of detail. What the Constitution omits is that the Vice President is to do and be all these things while also serving as co-editor of the journal (NCS), executive council member of another scholarly association (NAVSA), and chair of a good-sized academic department, as well as carrying out the research and writing I have just described. Finally, the Constitution does not spell out that the Vice President also serves as both lifeline and perpetual sounding board to the President, an astute advisor and trusted co-leader, as Dennis Denisoff has surely been. Although I will miss him at my right hand, I understand why Dennis, with so many commitments, has decided not to seek a second term. I am both reassured and delighted that he will continue his active involvement with both Nineteenth Century Studies and NCSA.

It is a great honor for me to present Dennis Denisoff with the 2010 President's Award.

Meri-Jane Rochelson
President, NCSA
March 12, 2010