Daniel  A.   Novak 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): University of California at Los Angeles, 1994
Master's Degree: Princeton University, 1998
PhD: Princeton University, 2002
Phone: (225) 578-2877
Office: 212-B Allen Hall



Daniel A. Novak joined the LSU Faculty in 2004, and he has been Associate Professor since 2009. After growing up in Los Angeles, he received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his Ph.D from Princeton University. He is currently at work on two book projects. The first, Victoria's Accursed Race explores Victorian literature on the Cagots--an ethnic group of unknown origin and ambiguous race found in France and Spain. The second, Specters of Wilde focuses on the development of Wilde Studies in the early decades of the 20th century. His interests range from Victorian visual culture and the theory of the novel to race and sexuality studies. 


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Area of Interest

19th Century British Literature and Culture, Photography and Literature, Jewishness in Literature and Culture, Representations of Race, Victorian Theatre, Economic Theory, Sexuality Studies

Awards & Honors

Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (2010)
Board of Regents Enhancement Grant, Co-PI (2009-2011), LSU
Regents Research Grant (2008), LSU
Junior Faculty Nominee for NEH Summer Stipend (2006), LSU
Council on Research Faculty Research Grant (2006-2007), LSU
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Short Term Fellowship for Research (2005)
Essay Prize, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Best Interdisciplinary Essay of 2004
Donald and Mary Hyde Short-Term Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities (1997)
Franklin P. Rolfe Phi Beta Kappa Award (1994)

Selected Publications


 Realism, Photography, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 


 Ed. with James Catano of Masculinity Lessons: Rethinking Men's and Women's Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).


Articles and Essays:

"Performing the 'Wilde West': Victorian Afterlives, Sexual Performance, and the American West," Victorian Studies 54:3 (Spring 2012, Forthcoming); “‘Shapeless Deformity’: Monstrosity, Gender, and Racial Masquerade in Thomas Grattan’s Cagot’s Hut,” Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology (Palgrave, Forthcoming); “A Literature of its Own: Time, Space, and Narrative Meditations in Victorian Photography,” Image, Sound, and Touch: Literature and Media in the Nineteenth-Century (Ashgate, 2011), 65-90); “Picturing Wilde: Christopher Millard’s ‘Iconography of Oscar Wilde,’” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 32.4, 2010, 305-335; “Photography and the Novel,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (2011), V.2 611-616; “Photographic Fictions: Nineteenth-Century Photography and the Novel-Form,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 43:1 (Spring 2010), 23-30; “Sexuality in the Age of Technological Reproducibility: Oscar Wilde, Photography, and Identity,” Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend, Ed. Joseph Bristow (Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2009), 63-95. “Labors of Likeness: Photography and Labor in Capital,” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 49: 2, Spring 2007, 125-150; “‘Oscarshamn’: Oscar Wilde, Authenticity, and Visual Reading.” The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies 32 (January 2008), 71-77; “Thomas Carlyle,” Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Ed. David Scott Kastan, 5 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press), v.1, 381-385 (2006); “A Model Jew: ‘Literary Photography’ and the Jewish Body in Daniel Deronda.” Representations 85, Winter 2004, 58-97; “A Wilde Ryde: Wilde’s Visible Invisibility on the Isle of Wight.” The Wildean: The Journal of the Oscar Wilde Society 12 (January 1998), 17-24. “‘If Re-Collecting were Forgetting’: Forged Bodies and Forgotten Labor in Little Dorrit.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 31:1 (Fall 1997), 21-44. 


Curriculum Vitae