Dr Dominique Gracia

My research largely focuses on Victorian short stories and poetry. I am particularly interested in:

  • Ekphrasis and the relationships between media; 
  • Women's writing about art and art-objects;
  • The development of detective fiction; and
  • The reuse and recurrence of the Victorian in twenty-first-century popular culture, including TV, film and literature.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti At the Intersection of Painting and Poetry’, Adaptation Before Cinema, ed. Glenn Jellenik and Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis, forthcoming 2022
  • ‘Sherlock’s Legacy: The case of the Extraordinary Sidekick’, The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks, ed. Lucy Andrew and Samuel Saunders, forthcoming August 2021
  • 'Ekphrasis', Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing, forthcoming spring 2021
  • ‘Back to Bodies: Female Detectives and bodily Tools and Tells in Victorian Detective Fiction’, Victorian Popular Fictions, 2.1 (2020), 56-68
  • ‘The one question is not what you mean but what you do: Michael field’s ekphrastic verse’, Victorian Poetry, 57.3 (2019), 345-364
  • ‘Belcaro: An Introduction’, and ‘Vernon Lee: A Biography’, The Literary Encyclopedia, Spring 2019
  • ‘The Case for Kittler’, Word&Image, 35.1 (2019), 89-96
  • ‘Psychopath Aesthetics: the example of the Cannibal’, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 12 (2018), 70-79


As well as my work at Oxford, I am the UK Administrative Director of the Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education (COVE), where I am currently working on a retrofit of the Rossetti Archive to enable COVE users to reuse and adapt the wealth of knowledge relating to Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites that Jerome McGann and the team have collected. I also work on the Kent Maps Online project, working with staff at Canterbury Christ Church University and the team at JSTOR Labs on visual essays and mapping relating to Kent.