Stefano Evangelista is Professor of English literature at Oxford University and fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.


Stefano Evangelista’s areas of specialism include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and comparative literature, aestheticism, decadence, the relations between verbal and visual culture, the classical tradition, and the history of sexuality.

He has held grants from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, and visiting professorships at the universities of Paris Sorbonne and Bologna, among others. He is a fellow of the Centre for British Studies of the Humboldt University, Berlin.

Role within Chromotope

Stefano Evangelista will research the representation and influence of colour in nineteenth-century English literature and, together with Charlotte Ribeyrol, will lead the summer school on Translating Colour in Florence in 2022.


Selected publications

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, Matthew Winterbottom & Madeline Hewitson (eds.), Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design Catalogue, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2023.

  • Stefano Evangelista, Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle, Oxford University Press, 2021.

  • Stefano Evangelista, ‘Decadence and the Classics’, in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 5, 1880-The Present, ed. Kenneth Haynes, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Stefano Evangelista, ‘Transnational Decadence’, in Decadence, ed. Jane Desmarais and David Weir, Cambridge Critical Concepts Series (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • Stefano Evangelista and Elisa Bizzotto (ed.), Arthur Symons: Poet, Critic, Vagabond, Oxford: Legenda, 2018.

  • Stefano Evangelista and Luisa Calè (ed.), Literature and Sculpture in the Fin de Siècle, special issue of Word and Image 34: 1 (2018).

  • Stefano Evangelista, Philip Ross Bullock and Gesa Stedman (ed.), Literary Communities in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Space, Place and Identity, themed issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies 53:3 (2017).

  • Stefano Evangelista, Charles Martindale and Elizabeth Prettejohn, Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

  • Stefano Evangelista, ‘Symphonies in Haze and Blue: Lafcadio Hearn and the Colours of Japan’, in The Colours of the Past in Victorian England, ed. Charlotte Ribeyrol, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016), 71-94.

  • Stefano Evangelista, British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece: Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

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