Chris Roulston


Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and French Studies
Office: Lawson Hall 3255
Phone:519-661-2111 ext. 88931

Academic Specialization

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).



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

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.

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 sicle. 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).