Kerry J. Powell

Professor of English

366 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus
(513) 529 5221


  • Ph.D., English, University of Kentucky, 1974
  • M.A., Mass Communication, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., English, University of Kentucky

Teaching Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Modern drama
  • Performance studies
  • Gender studies

Research Interests

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Victorian theatre
  • Gender and performance studies

Selected Publications

  • Acting Wilde: Victorian Sexuality, Theatre, Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2009).
  • Cambridge Companion To Victorian and Edwardian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • “Reimagining theTheatre: Women Playwrights of the Victorian and Edwardian Period,” with Susan Carlson, in Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre, ed. Kerry Powell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 237-256.
  • “Gendering Victorian Theatre,” in Cambridge History of British Theatre, vol. 2: 1660-1895, ed. Jospeh Donohue. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 352-368.
  • “Wilde Man: Masculinity, Feminism, and A Woman of No Importance,” in Wilde Writings, ed. Joseph Bristow. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003, pp. 127-146.
  • Women and Victorian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • “New Women, New Plays, and Shaw in the 1890s,” in Cambridge Companion to Bernard Shaw, ed. Christopher Innes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 76-102.
  • “A Verdict of Death: Oscar Wilde and the Actress,” in Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, ed. Peter Raby. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 181-194.
  • “Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Robins, and ‘The Theatre of the Future,’” in a special issue on Oscar Wilde, edited by Joel Kaplan, Modern Drama, Spring 1994, pp. 220-237.
  • “Elizabeth Robins’s Unpublished Memoir of Oscar Wilde,” edited with a commentary,Nineteenth Century Theatre, Winter 1993, pp. 101-113.
  • Oscar Wilde and the Theatre of the 1890s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.