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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 PhD in November 2016.
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 intersections between Victorian and modernist texts, as well as the influence of lesbian modernism upon contemporary queer writing.
In 2014, Hannah was awarded an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. Hannah spent three months in Austin, where she carried out extensive archival research on Radclyffe Hall.
Hannah’s first monograph is forthcoming in the Gender and Culture Series at Columbia University Press in May 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 new archival research, The Outside Thing presents romance as a heterosexual space or plot upon which lesbian writers wilfully set up camp.
Hannah is currently beginning work on a second monograph, provisionally entitled Between the Wars, Behind the Times: Lesbian Modernists in the British and American Press, 1918-1939. This project examines ways in which popular newspapers – now instrumental in packaging ‘coming out’ stories – attempted to police perceptions of love between women in the years between the two World Wars. The completed monograph 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.
'An “ordinary novel”: Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness’ was published in Textual Practice in 2016. ‘Myths, Legends, and Apparitional Lesbians: Amy Lowell’s Haunting Modernism’ appeared in Modernist Cultures, the journal of the British Association for Modernist Studies, in 2018.
Hannah’s poetry has been published in Mslexia, Strix, The Feminist Wire, and the award-winning Remembering Oluwale: An Anthology (Valley Press, 2016).