Queering Modernism


Is literary Modernism, by virtue of its subversion, its rebelliousness, inherently ‘queer’, or is Modernism instead restrained by political, ethical or religious conservatism?

In this day school we approach the topic from a variety of angles, asking what it might mean to ‘queer’ Modernism, and what the consequences of this might be for our readings of, and approaches to, Modernist texts.

We will discuss works by H.D., Radclyffe Hall, Hope Mirlees and Virginia Woolf against a wider literary Modernist landscape: one that takes in canonical and non-canonical writers; Britain and America; and topics including biography, sexuality and gender. Nearly 100 years on from the publication of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness and Woolf’s Orlando, we will consider how far debates have moved on concerning the ways in which we consider and define the ‘queer’ within our reading, and understanding, of literature and literary history.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception

Queering Modernism with Radclyffe Hall
Hannah Roche

Tea/coffee break

Queering Modernist poetry: Sappho among the poets
Emma Felin 

Lunch break

The queer problem of biography in Woolf’s Orlando
Karina Jakubowicz

Tea/coffee break

Q&A: What is ‘Queering Modernism’?
All speakers, chaired by Tara Stubbs

Course disperses 



Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £90.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Hannah Roche


Dr. Hannah Roche is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of York. She is the author of The Outside Thing: Modernist Lesbian Romance (Columbia University Press, 2019) and co-editor of the first Oxford World’s Classics edition of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (forthcoming in 2024). Hannah is currently writing a book on queer homemaking.

Emma Felin


Emma Felin is a DPhil candidate researching modernist women’s poetry and perception in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, where she co-convenes the Modern and Contemporary Literature Graduate Forum. Her research interests largely centre on the nexus between psychology, philosophy, and poetry at the turn of the twentieth century and beyond. In addition to writing her doctoral thesis, Emma has published work on Virginia Woolf in the Journal of Modern Literature and Marianne Moore in Modernist Cultures.

Dr Karina Jakubowicz


Karina Jakubowicz is a writer and academic who teaches at Florida State University on their London Campus. She also gives lectures for Literature Cambridge and teaches at their Virginia Woolf Summer School. Her PhD was on gardens in the work of Virginia Woolf, and a monograph based on this research is forthcoming with EUP in 2022. Her research deals with the themes of landscape, horticulture, and gardening in literature, but she has also worked on subjects as wide-ranging as supernatural literature, film adaptation, and religion and belief in the twentieth century. She has published widely on the work of several modernist authors including Katherine Mansfield, and recently co-edited a volume of essays on the theme of heresy, titled Heresy and Borders in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2021). She is also the host and producer of the Virginia Woolf Podcast, which is available at https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/podcasts.

Dr Tara Stubbs

Director of Studies and Chair

Dr Tara Stubbs is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at OUDCE, and a Fellow of Kellogg College Oxford. For 2017–2020 she was the Academic Programme Director of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. Her first book was American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910–1955 (2013), which was re-issued in paperback in 2017. Her interests include American and Irish literature, modernism and poetry, and she has published widely in these fields. In 2017 she co-edited the essay collection Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture (2017), and her second monograph, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020, was The Modern Irish Sonnet: Revision and Rebellion.


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Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this day school. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.