Jonathan Dollimore
BirthplaceBedfordshire, England
OccupationSociologist and academic

Jonathan Dollimore (born 1948) is a British sociologist and social theorist in the fields of Renaissance literature (especially drama), gender studies, queer theory (queer studies), art, censorship, history of ideas, death studies, decadence, and cultural theory. He received his BA from Keele University and his PhD from the University of London.

Academic background

With Alan Sinfield, he co-founded the Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change MA in English at the University of Sussex, one of the few humanities-based graduate programs of its kind. This makes it a high profile and competitive program that attracts students from around the world.

Dollimore was Reader in the School of English and American Studies and currently an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, University of Sussex. He is also a Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Dollimore is credited with making major interventions in debates on sexuality and desire; Renaissance literary culture; art and censorship, and; cultural theory.

Selected publications

  • Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (1984)
  • Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault (1991)
  • Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture (1998)
  • Sex, Literature, and Censorship (2001).

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