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Alice Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
Alice completed a BA, MPhil and PhD in English at the University of Cambridge. She held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Nottingham University’s interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Studies. Before coming to York she taught at Université Paris VII: Denis Diderot, Université Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle and Cambridge.
Alice’s research interests are in gender, health, disability, care and embodiment. She is particularly interested in modern and contemporary British and American writing. Alice is the author of two research monographs and two edited collections of essays. Her current project explores contemporary narratives about pregnancy and reproductive justice.
Her research has been funded by the AHRC, the Wellcome Trust and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Since being chosen as an AHRC and BBC New Generation Thinker, Alice has made programmes about her research for BBC Radio and BBC Television Arts. She is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary MA in Medical History and Humanities at York and a founding member of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research. Alice is a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Early Career Advisory Group and the editor of the Representations: Health, Disability, Culture and Society series published by Liverpool University Press.
Alice works in the Modern Research School and is a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Studies. Her first book, Disability and Modern Fiction: Faulkner, Morrison, Coetzee and the Nobel Prize for Literature, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Alice’s second book, Literature and Disability: Contemporary Critical Thought was published by Routledge in 2015. She is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability (2020) and Contemporary Literature and the Body: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2023).
Alice has also published journal articles and book chapters on autobiographical fiction and photography; the short story; voice; care and women’s work. She has co-edited a special issue of JLCDS on disability and visual culture and a forthcoming issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities on care and the environment.
Alice welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students interested in pursuing doctoral work in any of her areas of interest.
Alice is the convenor of the third year option module ‘The Body in Modern American Fiction and Culture’. She also lectures on the ‘Theory Now’ module.
Alice is the convenor of the ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing’ MA option module.
Alice has delivered public talks at Cardiff University’s BookTalk events, the Free Thinking Festival at the Sage Gateshead and the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Since being chosen as a BBC and AHRC New Generation Thinker, she has made programmes about her research for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts and Culture.