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Name: Hannah Spruce

Department: English, University of Leicester

Research Area: Contemporary Women's Writing

PhD Thesis: Destabilising the Psychopath Narrative through US and Canadian Women's Writing



  • 'The Revolutionary Chora in Seamus Heaney's Kite Poetry', Estudios Irlandeses, 11, 2016, 213-219.

Book Reviews:

  • 'Book Review: Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary Space by Debra Benita Shaw', LSE: Review of Books. May 15, 2018. 
  • 'Book Review: TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics by Libe García Zarranz', LSE: Review of Books, August 17, 2018.

Conference Papers: 

  • 'Intersectionality as our Shared Future: Responses to Patricia Hill Collins’ Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory (2019), Conference Panel, chaired by Dr. Zalfa Feghali, English: Shared Futures 2020, Manchester, June 26-28, 2020 (postponed due to covid-19).

  • 'Myriam Gurba's Feminist Revisioning of True Crime', PG Contemporary Women's Writing Network, University of Hull, September 9, 2019.
  • 'Existentialism and Evil in Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin', Evil Children: Children and Evil, Verona, Italy, July 14-16, 2019. 
  • 'Disrupting the Conflation of Autism and Psychopathy in Margaret Atwood's Speculative Fiction', Current Research in Speculative Fiction, Conference Paper, University of Liverpool, June 29, 2018.

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University (March 16, 2020–). 
    • Led online writing development tutorials for students across English Literature and Creative Writing undergraduate courses to develop academic writing style, expression, and structure for assessment purposes (March-April, 2020).

Public Engagement:

  • Workshop on contemporary Indigenous poetry: Katherena Vermette’s North End Love Songs (2012), Leeds, March 2020.
  • Fortnightly nonfiction book club (Bookish), Leeds, January 2019 to present.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Managing Editor at the Journal of Language, Texts, and Society, a postgraduate journal based at the University of Nottingham (2018–2019)
  • Conference coordinator: 'New Perspectives on Politics, Freedom, and Democracy' held at Stamford Court, Leicester, May 10, 2019. Funded by Midlands3Cities
  • Coordinating team: 'Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developing Rights in a Developing World', University of Birmingham, July 20, 2018. Funded by Midlands3Cities and Rights Lab, Nottingham.

Professional Memberships: 

  • Member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS). 
  • Member of the Modern Language Association (MLA).
  • Member of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS)

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary women's writing
  • Canadian and US literature
  • Genre fictions (speculative fiction, crime fictions, memoir/autofiction)
  • Medical humanities (women and ageing, representations of autism, representations of psychopathy)
  • Sexual violence and portrayals of criminal justice
  • Race, class, and gender

Twitter: @hspruce 

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