Chris Roulston


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


Academic Specialization

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

Current Research

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

Edited collection in progress, titled Decoding Anne Lister: New Critical Readings, 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

Chapters in Books

"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

Articles in Refereed Journals

"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.

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

"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.

Recent Conference Presentations

"From Anne Lister to Gentleman Jack: Queer Temporality, Archival Affect, and the Losses and Gains of Adaptation." Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures. The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. Virtual Conference. 11-14 May 2021.

"What's In a Name?: Revisiting Queerness In the Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Toronto (virtual), 8-11 April 2021.

"Race, Queerness and Schoolgirl Desire in Anne Lister's and Eliza Raine's Boarding School Archive." British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), St Hughes' College, Oxford, 8-10 January 2020.

"Questioning Enlightenment Identities: Anne Lister and the Boarding School Years." International Congress on the Enlightenment (ISECS), Edinburgh, Scotland, 14-19 July 2019.