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Accession Number: 14-006


Professor Richard Dellamora fonds. Additions. -- 1996-2013. -- 30 cm of textual materials.


Professor Richard Dellamora was born in 1944 in the United States. He received his education at Yale, Cambridge, and Dartmouth College. Dellamora is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Trent University, where he also teaches in the graduate program in Culture, Theory, and Politics. He specializes in Victorian studies; history and theory of gender and sexuality; nineteenth- and twentieth-century cultural studies; critical theory; queer theory; Aestheticism and the Decadence; nineteenth-century comparative arts; and opera. He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Guggenheim Foundation. His publications include Masculine Desire: The Sexual Politics of Victorian Aestheticism (1990); Apocalyptic Overtures: Sexual Politics and the Sense of an Ending (1994); and three edited collections: Postmodern Apocalypse: Theory and Cultural Practice at the End (1995); The Work of Opera: Genre, Nationhood, and Sexual Difference (1997, co-editor with Daniel Fischlin); and Victorian Sexual Dissidence (1999). In 2004 he published Friendship's Bonds, a study of the attempt by Victorian writers (Eliot, Disraeli, Gladstone, Dickens, James and Trollope) to use the novel as a space in which to explore citizenship and political culture. In 2011, he published Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing.


Fonds includes correspondence, notes, manuscripts, published articles, conference papers, and book reviews related to the writing career and personal life of Professor Richard Dellamora.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Professor Richard Dellamora before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Professor Richard Dellamora in 2013.

Fonds Arrangement: Folder contents have been maintained as received.

Restrictions: N

Accruals: This fonds, along with 08-015, 09-002, 12-005, is an addition to 00-003.

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Box 1


1. Research documents:
Political Allegory, Absolutist Ideology, and the “Rainbow Portrait” of Queen Elizabeth 1 by Daniel Fischlin
Bible excerpt (material for Fleshpots)
History of Jews in England by Cecil Roth, Ch. XI
An Analysis of the Influence of Automation and Cybernation by Ronald Edward Dellamora
Notebook with miscellaneous notes
Handwritten notes

2. Lecture given at Brown University
Judaism, Sodom and Genealogical Inheritance (program, notes, final version), 1996, 1998

3. Jews, Geniuses and the Rewriting of National History: Benjamin Disraeli’s Biography of his Father (includes copies of paper and feedback), 2009

4. Marx, Disraeli and the Political Economy of Sodom (includes copies of paper), 1999

Box 2


1. Correspondence: Broadview Editions and Encore Editions, 2002
2. Correspondence: Broadview Press; copy of comments for Hauntings, 2006
3. Correspondence: includes conclusion of Lisa Dellamora’s doctoral thesis, 2009
4. Correspondence: includes personal notes, magazine clippings, 2010
5. Correspondence: includes personal notes, magazine clippings, 2011
6. Correspondence: includes personal notes, copy of Trent magazine published by Trent University Alumni Association, 2012
7. Correspondence: includes notes, 2013

Box 3 added May 2015

Box 3

Note: Most of the material in this box pertains to the research and writing of Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing


1. Vernon Lee Conference - correspondence, etc. 2002-2003

2. Conference paper "Ethics of the Archive," Undergraduate Symposium at Frost Centre, Trent University, 2003

3. Draft essays; Queer Scape Conference documents, 2003-2005

4. Correspondence re book and research grant, 1999-2010 (re reprinting book, research on Radclyffe Hall); correspondents include Siobhan McMenemy, Leslie Mitchner, Ann Miller, Elizabeth Knappman

5. Personal correspondence, 2003-2008

6. SSHRCC grant forms and related documents, 2001-2004

7. Notes and research on Chapter 7 of Radclyffe Hall, 2009-2010 (photocopies, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes)

8. Chapter 7 drafts, 2009-2014

9. Thank you notes re copies of book sent, 2011-2012; correspondence, cards

10. Marketing, 2011: correspondence, etc.