Dr Sos Eltis

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Dr Sos Eltis

Brasenose Status

Official Fellow

Academic Position

College and University Fellow in English.


M.A., M.Phil., D.Phil. (Oxon).

Undergraduate and graduate teaching

Victorian and Modern Literature. Special interest in drama.

Research Interests

Oscar Wilde; Victorian and modern drama; performance studies and theatre history; sensation novel, late-Victorian gothic and New Women writing; theatre and politics.

Selected Publications


Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde (Oxford University Press, 1996)

Acts of Desire: women and sex on stage, 1800-1930 (Oxford University Press, 2013)


The Fellowship: Interviewed

Staging the Modern Self

Click hereto read an interview with Dr Eltis by Olivia Gordon from Oxford Today


"Performance and Identity in the Plays of Oscar Wilde", in Oscar Wilde, ed. Jarlath Killeen (Irish Writers in their Time Series, Irish Academic Press, 2011)

"Approaches to teaching Wilde's Plays", in Approaches to Teaching Oscar Wilde, ed. Philip E. Smith, (Modern Languages Association of America, 2008)

"Bringing out the acid: Noël Coward, Harold Pinter, Ivy Compton-Burnett and the uses of camp", Modern Drama 51: 2, (Summer 2008)

"Suffrage, Sex and the Single Girl: the fallen woman in Edwardian Feminist Drama", English Literature in Transition, 50:1 (2007)

"A good woman?", English Review, (Nov. 2007)

"Private Lives and Public Spaces: Reputation, Celebrity and the Late-Victorian Actress", in Theatre and Celebrity in Britain, 1660-2000, ed Mary Luckhurst and Jane Moody, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

"The Fallen Woman on Stage: Maidens, Magdalens and the Emancipated Female", in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Drama, ed. Kerry Powell (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

"Corruption of the Blood and Degeneration of the Race: Dracula and Policing the Borders of Gender", in Dracula, ed. John Paul Riquelme (Bedford/ St Martin's Press, 2002), pp.450-465.

Entry on George Bernard Shaw, British Reform Writers, 1880-1914, Dictionary of Literary Biography, edited Gary Kelly and Edd Applegate  (Gale Research, 1998).


Introduction to revised New Mermaids edition of Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 2013.

"Reception of Wilde's plays", for Oscar Wilde in Context, (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

"Representing Work", for Late Victorian into Modern, 1880-1920

21st-Century Approaches to Literature, edited by Laura Marcus, Michèle Mendelssohn and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Oxford University Press, 2014)

"The Court Theatre", for George Bernard Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent (CUP, 2014)

Work in Progress:

I have now started work on a book on theatrical representations of work, from melodrama through to early socialist dramas, musical comedy, suffrage drama and plays of ideas. The book will examine the significance of staging, set and props in representing real-life working conditions and the actual texture of labour, and will trace the role the stage played in debating labour conditions, wages, political representation, unionisation and autonomy through the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.

Positions held:

English Faculty Chair, 2007-10.

Member of the English Faculty Board.

Convenor, Drama in Performance seminar series (co-convened with Emma Smith, Laurie Maguire, Tiffany Stern, Sophie Duncan, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr)

Senior Member and Senior Treasurer, Oxford University Dramatic Society

Member of the Board, Oxford Playhouse

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