Dr Hannah Simpson


*Twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature 

*Theatre and performance 

*The human body in literature 

*Literary depictions of physical pain and disability 

*Samuel Beckett

*War literature 

*Literature and politics 

*Northern Irish literature


I have two monographs forthcoming:

*Samuel Beckett and the Theatre of the WItness: Pain in Post-War Francophone Drama (Oxford University Press, May 2022), which analyses the depiction of physical pain in the post-World War II plays of Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Eugène Ionesco, Marguerite Duras, and Pablo Picasso.


*Samuel Beckett and Disability Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2022), which examines contemporary disability performances of Beckett’s stage plays and offers a new theorising of Beckett’s treatment of the impaired body.



My postdoctoral project, tentatively entitled The Unexpected Dramatist: Modernism’s Forgotten Stage Plays, explores the forgotten plays of modernist novelists Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Flann O’Brien, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. It explores why these novelists turned to (and then turned away form) the theatre medium, and the implications for their conceptions of communal and national forms of literary and cultural engagement.

*Prelims Paper 1 (Introduction to Literary Theory) and Paper 4 (Literature in English 1910- present day).

*FHS Papers 6 and 7 in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature.

*I also regularly contribute to the Continuing Education Department on topics related to theatre, performance, war litertaure, and Irish, English and French literature.

I serve as Theatre Review Editor for The Beckett Circle, and as “Theatre and Performance” reviewer for Oxford University Press’s The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.


College profile: https://www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/cpt_people/simpson-dr-hannah/

Academia.edu profile: https://oxford.academia.edu/HannahSimpson

Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/hsimpson100

Selected Publications