Dr. Ivory’s research interests are literature and the fine arts, aestheticism, space and identity, the history of sexuality, and the culture of the fin de siècle. Much of her work revolves around literary and cultural interactions between Germany and Britain in the decades leading up to World War One. Her first book project, The Homosexual Revival of Renaissance Style, 1850-1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) examined how British and German sexual dissidents like Oscar Wilde, Thomas Mann, John Addington Symonds, and Vita Sackville-West looked to the Italian Renaissance for positive ways of understanding their identities.
Dr. Ivory has also published articles on the German anarchist movement around 1900, on Stefan George, on Walter Pater, and on how Wilde became an icon for the German gay rights movement. She is currently working on a study of Oscar Wilde’s modernist afterlives in Austria and Germany.
She teaches language, literature, and culture at all levels at USC, where her courses have included “Berlin: Topographies of the Twentieth Century,” “The Novels of Thomas Mann,” “An Introduction to German Culture,” “German Literature 1890-1945,” “Readings in German Literature,” and “Sexual Diversities: An Introduction to LGBT Studies.” As a visiting professor in the English Department at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany, she taught “The Many Masks of Oscar Wilde” in 2008.