Jason Boulet

PhD Candidate, Queen’s

Contact Information

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E-mail: 1jwjb@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Victorian literature and culture (c. 1830–1900), especially of the 1860s and the fin-de-siècle (c. 1885–1900); Victorian avant-gardes: Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, Decadence; post-Romantic subjectivities; gender and sexuality studies, especially masculinity and queer theory; religious (and anti-religious) discourse in the nineteenth century.

Recent Publications

  • Rev. of A. C. Swinburne and the Singing Word: New Perspectives on the Mature Work, ed. Yisrael Levin, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies New Series 21 (2012): 86–90.
  • “ ‘Will he rise and recover[?]’: Catullus, Castration, and Censorship in Swinburne’s ‘Dolores,’ ” Victorian Poetry 47.4 (2009): 747–58.
  • “ ‘I believe in enmindment’: Enlightenments, Taoism, and Language in Peter Dale Scott’s Minding the Darkness,” University of Toronto Quarterly 75 (2006): 925–45.


I’m an upper-year PhD student here at Queen’s, finishing my dissertation on the early poems of mid-Victorian aesthete and enfant terrible Algernon Charles Swinburne. “I won’t tell you of them, because they might not shock you as they ought to do; and they were very shocking” (Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford). I’ve taught several courses here at Queen's, including English 110 (Introduction to the Study of Literature in English), 250 (Romantic Literature), and 450 (Studies in Victorian Literature: The Victorian Self), and I’m especially excited to be teaching English 277 (Literature and Gender) because it gives me the chance to combine my interest in gender and sexuality with my interest in fin-de-siècle (c. 1885–1900) literature and culture.