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Hannah Roche



Hannah Roche joined the Department as Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture in January 2018. Before arriving at York, Hannah taught at the University of Leeds, where she completed her AHRC-funded PhD in November 2016. In 2014, Hannah was awarded an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. 

Hannah’s research interests include queer literature and cultural history, early twentieth-century lesbian writing, transatlantic modernism, expatriate identity, and the politics of genre. Her work explores lesbian lives, writing, and writing-lives; modernist engagements with Victorian fiction; and the influence of lesbian modernism on contemporary queer literature and culture. Hannah’s first book, The Outside Thing: Modernist Lesbian Romance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2019.



Hannah’s first monograph was published in the Gender and Culture Series at Columbia University Press in 2019. The Outside Thing: Modernist Lesbian Romance explores the crucial yet overlooked role of literary and affective romance in the works of Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, and Djuna Barnes. Drawing upon extensive archival research, The Outside Thing presents romance as a heterosexual space or plot upon which lesbian writers wilfully set up camp.  

Hannah’s recent publications include articles in Essays in Criticism, Modernist Cultures, and Textual Practice and reviews in the TLS and the Modern Language Review. She is co-editor, with Professor Jana Funke (University of Exeter), of the first Oxford World’s Classics edition of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, to be published in 2023. 

Hannah is currently working on a second monograph, Behind the Times: Lesbian Modernists and the Popular Press. This book examines ways in which the mainstream print media attempted to police perceptions of love between women in the years between the two World Wars. Behind the Times will offer original and vital insights not only into public understandings of female homosexuality in the first half of the twentieth century, but also into popular journalism’s often unsettling interactions with ‘new’ sexual and textual identities.

Hannah is Level Three Coordinator and Convenor of The Dissertation. She designed and convenes Modernism’s Queer Spaces (Level Three) and Out of Time: Sexuality, Textuality, and the Queer Temporal Turn (MA). 


Hannah’s research interests include queer literature and cultural history, the category of lesbian writing, transatlantic modernism, expatriate identity, life writing and domesticity, modern American poetry (especially Elizabeth Bishop and Frank O’Hara), and the Victorian novel (especially the Brontës and Thomas Hardy). She welcomes proposals for doctoral research in any of these areas. 

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Dr Hannah Roche
Department of English and Related Literature
University Of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323389