The Department of English
Phone: (646) 312-3925
Office: VC 7-248
Sean O’Toole specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and
culture and queer studies. A graduate of Georgetown University (B.A.)
and the City University of New York Graduate Center (Ph.D.), he was a
post-doctoral lecturer in the Princeton Writing
Program before joining the Baruch faculty in 2008.
He is the author of Habit in the English Novel, 1850-1900 (Palgrave, 2013) and is currently working on a new study of Oscar Wilde that stems from a 2012 NEH Summer Seminar at the William Andrews Clark Library, UCLA. Essays from this project will soon be published in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Richard A. Kaye, and Wilde's Worlds, edited by Michael F. Davis and Petra Dierkes-Thrun. His work has also appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, The Henry James Review, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and The Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Professor O'Toole has spoken on such writers as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde at conferences in England, Ireland, France, and across the United States. He teaches Writing I (ENG 2100), Great Works of Literature II (ENG 2850), Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 3005), Survey of British Literature II (ENG 3015), Nineteenth-Century Novel (ENG 4320), as well as various special-topics courses. He is away on research leave for the 2015-16 academic year.