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

Eighteenth-century women's writing; marriage narratives; Mme de Graffigny; Anne Lister; Queer theory; Feminist theory; Poststructuralism

Current Research

Monograph in progress, titled School Daze: Queer Nostalgia in Modern Girls' Boarding School Narratives, funded by SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2023) 

Edited collection in progress, titled Anne Lister: Her Life and World, eds Caroline Gonda and Chris Roulston



Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2010. 240 pp.

Virtue, Gender and the Authentic Self in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Richardson, Rousseau, and Laclos. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998.  211 pp.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Graffigny, Zilia, et la question du mariage au XVIIIe siècle." Ed. Charlotte Simonin. 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.

"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.

"La théorie Queer: de ses origines aux débats actuels." Loxias Online Journal 53. Nice University, 12 June 2016. URL :

 Forthcoming chapters and articles

"Sexuality in Translation: Anne Lister and the Ancients." Journal of the History of Sexuality (JHS), in press.

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

Articles Submitted for Publication

"Interpreting the Thin Archive: Anne Lister, Eliza Raine and the Boarding School Romance." Eighteenth-Century Studies, under review.

"Queer Parenting and the Challenge to Queer Theory." Special Issue of Studies in Canadian Literature: Queer Bodies/Corps Queer, under review.