Chris Roulston


519-661-2111 ext 88931

University College, room 4118


1984 B.A. Hons English and French, University of Southampton, U.K.
1986 M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Toronto       
1993 PhD Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

General areas of academic specialisation

Anne Lister; marriage literature; boarding school literature; eighteenth-century women’s literature; Mme de Graffigny; queer theory; feminist theory; poststructuralism

Current Research

Monograph in progress, "School Daze: Queer Nostalgia and British Girls' Boarding- School Narratives," funded by SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2024).



Current Project (SSHRC funded monograph), "School Daze: Queer Nostalgia in British Girls’ Boarding School Narratives," 1933-2023.

"Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France." Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2010. 240 pp. (51 Google Scholar Citations) Reviewed in: Modern Language Review (MLR), North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF), H-France Review

"Virtue, Gender and the Authentic Self in Eighteenth-Century Fiction": Richardson, Rousseau, and Laclos. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998. 211 pp. (88 Google Scholar Citations) Reviewed in: Eighteenth-Century Studies (ECS), Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF), Studies in the English Language (SEL), University of Toronto Quarterly, Choice


"Decoding Anne Lister: From the Archives to ‘Gentleman Jack.’"Chris Roulston and Caroline Gonda (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023. 282 pp.

Chapters in Edited Collections

“From Anne Lister to Gentleman Jack: Queer Temporality, Fandom and the Gains and Losses of Adaptation.” Chris Roulston and Caroline Gonda (eds). Decoding Anne Lister: From the Archives to ‘Gentleman Jack.’ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023. 240-261.

“Graffigny, Zilia, et la question du mariage au XVIIIe siècle.” Charlotte Simonin (ed.). Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), femme de lettres des Lumières. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2020. 271-288.

“Representations of Marriage.” A Cultural History of Marriage: Volume 4 The Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800). Ed. Edward J. Behrend-Martinez. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020. 115-132.

“Marriage and Its Queer Identifications in the Anne Lister Diaries.” After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century: Literature, Law and Society. Eds. Karl Leydecker and Jenny DiPlacidi. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018: 181-203

Articles in Refereed Journals

From Text to Screen: Gentleman Jack Then and Now.Journal of Lesbian Studies. Online publication. 7 June 2022.

"Interpreting the Thin Archive: Anne Lister, Eliza Raine and Telling School Tales." Eighteenth-Century Studies 55.2 (2022): 191-213.

"Sexuality in Translation: Anne Lister and the Ancients." Journal of the History of Sexuality (JHS) 30.1 (January 2021): 112-135.

"Queer Parenting and the Challenge to Queer Theory." Special Issue of Studies in Canadian Literature: Queer Bodies/Corps Queer (SCL) 46.1 (2021): 1-28.

"Translating Desire: Queer Affect, Autobiography and Involuntary Love in Dorothy Strachey's Olivia (1949)." Modernism/Modernity 5.2 (July 30, 2020): 

"Queer Reflections on Childhood, Innocence and the Nation in Rosemary Manning's Boarding School Novel, The Chinese Garden (1962)." Twentieth-Century Literature, 65.4 (December 2019): 1-26.

Forthcoming Chapters and Articles

Entry on Choderlos de Laclos, "Dangerous Connections (1784)". Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, In press

Book Reviews

Tracy L. Rutler. "Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and Gender in Eighteenth-Century French Literature." Voltaire Foundation: Liverpool University Press, 2021. Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF) 35.3 (2023): 423-425.

"Dorothy Strachey, Olivia (1949)." Introduction André Aciman. London: Penguin Classics, 2020. Modernism/Modernity 6.3 (18 January 2022).