Dominic Janes has MAs from Oxford University in History and from Birkbeck in Education and a PhD from Cambridge. In addition to a spell as a lecturer at Lancaster University, he has been a research fellow at London and Cambridge universities. He then worked as a director of studies for international students before moving to Birkbeck, University of London and then to Keele. He has lived in several countries including Malawi, Iraq, Indonesia and the United States.

Research and scholarship

Dominic Janes is a cultural historian who studies texts and visual images relating to Britain in its local and international contexts since the eighteenth century. Within this sphere he focuses on the histories of gender, sexuality and religion. He has published with a range of publishers including Cambridge, Chicago and Oxford University presses. His latest books are 'Freak to Chic: "Gay" Men in and Out of Fashion after Oscar Wilde' (Bloomsbury, 2021) and 'British Dandies' (Bodleian Publishing, 2022). He has been the recipient of a number of research awards including fellowships from the AHRC and the British Academy and been a visiting research professor at the University of the Arts London and the University for the Creative Arts.


Dominic Janes teaches, or co-teaches, a range of modules including: 

  • HIS-10025 Medieval Europe
  • HIS-10039 Defining Moments in History
  • HIS-20071 Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • HIS-30103 History Dissertation
  • HIS-30127 Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain
  • HIS-30126 Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Britain
  • HIS-40002 Approaches to Historical Research (MA)



British Dandies: Fashioning a Nation (Oxford: Bodleian Library Publishing, 2022).

Freak to Chic: ‘Gay’ Men in and Out of Fashion after Oscar Wilde (London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2021).

Oscar Wilde Prefigured: Queer Fashioning and British Caricature, 1750-1900 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) [hb and e-book].

Picturing the Closet: Male Secrecy and Homosexual Visibility in Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) [hb ISBN 9780190205638].

Visions of Queer Martyrdom from John Henry Newman to Derek Jarman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) [hb ISBN 9780226250618 and e-book].

Victorian Reformation: The Fight over Idolatry in the Church of England, 1840-60, History, Culture and Religion Series, American Academy of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) [hb ISBN 0195378512 and e-book], winner of the Birkbeck College Research Prize 2009.

God and Gold in Late Antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pb 2011) [hb ISBN 0521594030 - pb ISBN 0521158745].

Edited Books

With Mark Chapman, New Approaches in History and Theology to Same-Sex Love and Desire, Genders and Sexualities in History Series (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) [hb, pb and e-book]

With Alex Houen, Martyrdom and Terrorism: Pre-Modern to Contemporary Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) [hb ISBN 9780199959853, pb ISBN 9780199959877 and e-book].

With Gary Waller, Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity(Ashgate: Farnham, 2010) [hb ISBN 9780754669241].

Shopping for Jesus: Faith in Marketing in the USA (Washington, D.C.: New Academia Publishing, 2008) [pb ISBN 9780980081435].

Back to the Future of the Body (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007) [hb ISBN 1847181627].

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

[56] ‘The varsity drag: gender, sexuality and cross-dressing at the University of Cambridge, 1850-1950’, Journal of Social History 55.3 (2022), pp. 695-723

[55] ‘“Dress sense of a queen”: Cecil Beaton’s queering of Britain’s royal past’, Journal of European Popular Culture 12.1 (2021), pp. 23-44 [Online ISSN 20406142 – Print ISSN 20406134].

[54] ‘Queer juxtapositions in the art of Francis Bacon and Lilliput magazine’, Visual Culture in Britain 21.3 (2020), pp. 275-95 [Online ISSN 1941-8361 - Print ISSN 1471-4787].

[53] ‘The Oxford Movement, asceticism and sexual desire’, in eds Nicholas Groom, Joanne Parker and Corinna Wagner, Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) [ISBN 9780199669509].

[52] ‘Religion, cross-dressing and sexual desire in the art of Simeon Solomon’, Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society 28.3 (2020), pp.47-56, special edition on Simeon Solomon, ed. Carolyn Conroy and Roberto C. Ferrari [ISSN 0969-0328].

[51] ‘Princess Diana, the royal court, and the queer image of the modern British monarchy’, in eds. Norman Domeier and Christian Mühling, Hof und Homosexualität: Praktiken und Diskurse vom Mittelalter bis Heute, Geschichte und Geschlechter 74 (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2020), pp. 265-77 [ISBN 9783593510767].

[50] ‘Regarding Pratt and Smith, the last couple of sodomites to be hanged in Britain’, in eds Sean Brady and Mark Seymour, From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage: International Perspectivessince 1789 (London: Bloomsbury, 2019), pp. 43-56 [ISBN 9781350023925].

 [49] ‘W. H. Spurgeon’s reading of material religion and the “battle of the styles” in Victorian church architecture’, in eds Joshua King and Jade Werner, Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical and Religious Studies in Dialogue (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2019), pp. 190-205 [ISBN 9780814213971]

[48] ‘Eminently queer Victorians and the Bloomsbury Group’s critique of British leadership’, in eds Sean Brady, Christopher Fletcher, Rachel Moss and Lucy Riall, The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe: From Antiquity to the Contemporary World (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018) [ISBN 9781137585370]. 

[47] ‘Entering the eighteenth-century closet and coming out today’, in eds Matt Cook and Andrew Gorman-Murray, Queering the Interior (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 197-207 [ISBN 9781474262200]. 

[46] ‘Early twentieth-century Vogue, George Wolfe Plank and the “Freaks of Mayfair”’, Visual Culture in Britain 18.1 (2017), pp. 68-83 [special edition, ed. Reina Lewis and Andrew Stephenson] [Online ISSN 1941-8361 - Print ISSN 1471-4787] 

[45] ‘Public lives, private passions’, in ed. Clare Barlow, Queer British Art, 1861-1967 (London: Tate Publishing, 2017), pp. 147-51 [ISBN 9781849764520]. 

[44] ‘Gender and sexuality’, in ed. Peter McNeil, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion, vol.4, In the Age of Enlightenment (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), pp. 105-22 [ISBN 9780857857613]. 

[43] ‘“Famous for the paint she put on her face”: London’s painted poofs and the self-fashioning of Francis Bacon’, in eds Simon Avery and Katherine Graham, Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London, c.1880 to the Present (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 167-83.

[42] ‘The Wordless Book: The visual and material culture of evangelism in Victorian Britain’, Material Religion 12.1 (2016)pp. 26-49.

[41] ‘Cecil Beaton, Richard Hamilton and the queer, Transatlantic origins of Pop Art’, Visual Culture in Britain 16.3 (2015), pp. 308-30 [reprinted in eds Anne Massey and Alex Seago, Pop Art and Design (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)].

[40] ‘Early Victorian moral anxiety and the queer legacy of the eighteenth-century gothic revival’, in eds Timothy Willem Jones and Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Material Religion in Modern Britain: The Spirit of Things (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 125-143 [ISBN 9781137540553].

[39] ‘The scene of the crime: police photographs, visual culture and sexuality’, Legal Information Management 15.1 (2015), pp. 15-18 [Online ISSN 1741-2021 – Print ISSN 1472-6696].

[38] ‘Gothic visions of classical architecture in Hablot Knight Browne’s “dark” illustrations for the novels of Charles Dickens’, Gothic Studies 16.2 (2014), pp. 33-51 [OnlineISSN 1362-7937 - Print ISSN 2050-456X].

[37] ‘John Foxe and British attitudes to martyrdom after the French Revolution’, in eds Janes and Houen, Martyrdom and Terrorism: Pre-Modern to Contemporary Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 179-96.

[36] ‘When “perverts” were religious: the Protestant sexualisation of asceticism in nineteenth-century Britain, India and Ireland’, Cultural and Social History 11.3 (2014), pp. 425-39 [Online ISSN 1478-0046 - Print ISSN 1478-0038].

[35] ‘Eminent Victorians, Bloomsbury queerness and John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919)’, Literature and History 23.1 (2014), pp. 19-32 [Online ISSN 2050-5494 - Print ISSN 0306-1973].

[34] ‘The role of visual appearance in Punch’s early Victorian satires on religion’, Victorian Periodicals Review 47.1 (2014), pp.66-86 [Online ISSN 1712-526X - Print ISSN 0709-4698].

[33] ‘Oscar Wilde, sodomy and mental illness in late Victorian England’, Journal of the History of Sexuality 23.1 (2014), pp. 79-95 [Online ISSN 1535-3605 - Print ISSN 1043-4070].

[32] ‘The Confessional Unmasked: religious merchandise and obscenity in Victorian England’, Victorian Literature and Culture 41.4 (2013), pp. 677-90 [Online ISSN 1470-1553 - Print ISSN 1060-1503] (nominated by the editors of Victorian Literature and Culture for the Donald Gray Prize for the best essay published in the field of Victorian Studies for 2013).

[31] ‘The gothic arousal of architecture in Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop and its illustrations’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts 35.3 (2013), pp. 325-41 [Online ISSN 1477-2663 – Print ISSN 0890-5495].

[30] ‘“One of us”: the queer afterlife of Margaret Thatcher as a gay icon’, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 8.2-3 (2012), pp. 211-27 [Online ISSN 2040-0918 - Print ISSN 1740-8296]; reprinted in ed. Tim Bale, Margaret Thatcher, vol. 2 (of 4) (London: Routledge, 2014).

[29] ‘William Bennett’s heresy: male same-sex desire and the art of the Eucharist’, Journal of Victorian Culture 17.4 (2012), pp. 413-35 [Online ISSN 1750-0133 - Print ISSN 1355-5502].

[28] ‘Homosociality and homoeroticism in the leading British educational magazine for children, Look and Learn (1962-1982)’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 26.6 (2012), pp. 897-910 [Online ISSN: 1469-3666 - Print ISSN: 1030-4312].

[27] ‘Unnatural appetites: sodomitical panic in Hogarth’s The Gate of Calais, or O the Roast Beef of Old England (1748)’, Oxford Art Journal 35.1 (2012), pp. 19-31 [Online ISSN 1741-7287 - Print ISSN 0142-6540].

[26] ‘Frederick Rolfe’s Christmas cards: popular culture and the construction of queerness in late Victorian Britain’, Early Popular Visual Culture 10.2 (2012), pp. 105-24 [Online ISSN: 1746-0662- Print ISSN: 1746-0654].

[25] ‘Vile bodies: Victorian Protestants in the Roman catacombs’, in ed. Mark Bradley, Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in the Eternal City from Antiquity to Modernity, British School in Rome Monograph Series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 223-40 [ISBN 9781107014435].

(24) ‘The “modern martyrdom” of Anglo-Catholics in Victorian England’, Journal of Religion and Society 13 (2011), [Online ISSN 1522-5658].

(23) ‘William Etty’s magdalens: sexual desire and spirituality in early Victorian England’, Religion and the Arts 15.3 (2011), pp. 275-303 [Online ISSN 1079-9265 – Print ISSN 1569-5292].

(22) ‘Thinking with the womb in early Victorian England: the life and work of Emma Martin’, in eds Andrew Mangham and Greta Depledge, The Female Body in Medicine and Literature, Liverpool English Texts and Studies 59 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011), pp. 107-18 [hb ISBN 9781846314728] [pb 2012, ISBN 9781846318528].

(21) ‘Clarke and Kubrick’s 2001: a queer odyssey’, Science Fiction Film and Television 4.1 (2011), pp. 57-78 [Online ISSN 1754-3789 - Print ISSN 1754-3770].

(20) ‘“The Catholic Florist”: flowers and deviance in the mid-nineteenth-century Church of England’, Visual Culture in Britain 12.1 (2011), pp. 77-96 [Online ISSN 1941-8361 - Print ISSN 1471-4787].

(19) ‘Beyond “ignorance”: using the cultural stereotypes of Americans studying in the UK as a resource for learning and teaching about British culture’, Innovations in Education and Teaching International 48.1 (2011), pp. 61-8 [Online ISSN 1470-3300 - Print ISSN 1470-3297].

(18) ‘Seeing and tasting the divine: Simeon Solomon’s homoerotic sacrament’, in eds Patrizia di Bello and Gabriel Koureas, Art, History and the Senses: 1830 to the Present (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 35-50 [ISBN 9780754668633].

(17) ‘Queer Walsingham’, in eds Janes and Gary Waller, Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 147-64.

(16) ‘Dickens and the Catholic corpse’, in eds Michael Hollington and Francesca Orestano, Dickens and Italy: ‘Little Dorrit’ and ‘Pictures from Italy’ (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), pp. 170-85 [ISBN: 1443814431].

(15) ‘“Eternal master”: masochism and the sublime at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C’, Theology and Sexuality 15.2 (2009), pp. 161-75 [Online ISSN 1745-5170 - Print ISSN 1355-8358].

(14) ‘The rites of man: the British Museum and the sexual imagination in Victorian Britain’, Journal of the History of Collections 20.1 (2008), pp. 101-112 [Online ISSN 1477-8564 - Print ISSN 0954-6650].

(13) ‘The shadow of the Passion: Protestants and the suffering Christ in nineteenth-century British art and text’, Ikon 1 (2008), pp. 237-44 [Print ISSN18468551].

(12) ‘Beyond the tourist gaze? Cultural learning on an American ‘semester abroad’ programme in London’, Journal of Research in International Education 7.1 (2008), pp. 21-35 [Online ISSN: 1741-2943 - Print ISSN: 1475-2409].

(11) ‘Spiritual cleaning, priests and prostitutes in early Victorian London’, in eds. Rosie Cox and Ben Campkin, Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (London: IB Tauris, 2007), pp. 113-22 [HB ISBN 9781845116729].

(10) ‘Sex and text: the afterlife of medieval penance in Britain and Ireland, in eds. April Harper and Caroline Proctor, Medieval Sexuality: a Casebook (New York: Routledge, 2007), pp. 32-44 [HB ISBN 0415978319].

(9) ‘Power, money and teaching quality: attitudes of part-time lecturers on an international study programme (US to UK) toward student evaluation of their teaching’, Insights in International Exchange 1.1 (2007), pp. 28-43.

(8) ‘What English: ”Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto”, let’s call the whole thing on’, in ed. M. Woolf, English and International Education, European Association for International Education, Occasional Paper (Amsterdam: European Association for International Education, 2005), pp. 53-60 [ISBN 109074721214].

(7) ‘Treasures, death and display from Rome to the Middle Ages’, in eds E. Tyler and J. Grenville, Treasure in the Medieval West, York Medieval Seminar Series (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2000), pp. 1-10 [ISBN 0952973480].

(6) ‘The world and its past as Christian allegory in the early Middle Ages’, in eds Y. Hen and M. Innes, The Uses of the Past in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 102-13 [ISBN 0521630010].

(5) ‘Wood, masonry and the construction of identity: comparing southern Britain and Gaul, 4th to 7th centuries’, in eds G. Fincham, G. Harrison, R. Rodgers Holland and L. Revell, TRAC 99: Proceedings of Ninth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Durham (Oxford: Oxbow, 2000), pp. 83-9 [ISBN 1842170074].

(4) ‘Treasure bequest: death and gift in the early Middle Ages’, in eds J. Hill and M. Swan, The Community, the Family and the Saint: Patterns of Power in Early Medieval Europe, International Medieval Research 4 (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 1998), pp. 363-77 [ISBN 2503506682].

(3) ‘Imperial brooches’, Actus XIII congressus internationalis archaeologiae christianae, Split-Porec, 1994, 3 vols (Vatican: Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, 1998).

(2) ‘The junior lecturer’, in ed., David Allan, In at the Deep End: First Experiences of University Teaching (Lancaster: Unit for Innovation in Higher Education, Lancaster University/Times Higher Education Supplement, 1996), pp. 78-81 [ISBN 0901800902].

(1) ‘The golden clasp of the late Roman state’, Early Medieval Europe 5 (1996), pp. 127-53 [Online ISSN: 1468-0254 - Print ISSN: 0963-9462].

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