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Ms Hannah Voss

MA (Dunelm)

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Member of the Department of English Studies  


My PhD thesis investigates the role of writing in renegotiating physical boundaries of identity in the works of H.D., Jean Rhys and Anne Stevenson, exploring a particular moment in women’s writing centred on the 1950s and 60s. I am interested especially in these women's navigation between real and unreal spaces, looking at themes of annihilation and the presence of the ghostly. 

I am currently a postgraduate rep for the British Association for Modernist Studies; previously I was the co-editor of Postgraduate English with Vicky Penn.

Prior to the PhD, I graduated as valedictorian from the Honors Program at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

I received an MA in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies with Distinction from Durham University, with a dissertation entitled, ‘“One of you, one of them”: Fluid Nationality in H.D.’s Helen in Egypt and Beyond’.

I am happy to be contacted with regards to my research. 

Twitter: @hm_voss

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Publications and Presentations


‘Splitting the Atom in H.D.’s “Winter Love”’, The Modernist Review, 33 (2021)

‘An Attic of His Own: Spaces of Modernist Transition in Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House’, Sigma Tau Delta Review, 15 (2018), 21–28


‘“Lightning out of a clear sky”: annihilation as creative possibility in H.D.’s late work’, New Work in Modernist Studies, British Assocation for Modernist Studies, online, 10 December 2021

‘Colonial Transnationalism: Reading Englishness in The Buddha of Suburbia’, Trinity College Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 29 March 2019

Funding and Awards

Durham Doctoral Studentship, Durham University, 2020

Elva Bell McLin Senior Scholarship, awarded to final-year undergraduates continuing to postgraduate study, Sigma Tau Delta, 2018

St. Albert Award for Outstanding Honors Student, Benedictine College Honors Program, 2018

Maathai Discovery Award, a grant supporting research presented at Benedictine College’s Discovery Day conference, Mount St. Scholastica, 2017