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Dr Suzanne Hobson, BA (Oxford) MA (Warwick) PhD (London)


Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature



I grew up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and studied for my BA at Hertford College University of Oxford. I moved to the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick for my MA and to the English Department at Queen Mary University of London for my PhD. I have been teaching at Queen Mary since 2007.

Undergraduate Teaching

In the 2016-17 academic year, I am teaching on:

Postgraduate Teaching

In the 2016-17 academic year, I am teaching on:


Research Interests:

I teach and write on modernism and literary theory and am especially interested in questions of religion and belief in the early twentieth century. My first book, Angels of Modernism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics 1910-1960 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), explores a variety of literary angels rendered strange or untimely by their appearance in self-consciously modern contexts. I have published articles and book chapters on Mary Butts, D.H. Lawrence, Mina Loy and H.D. and am the co-editor of The Salt Companion to Mina Loy (Salt, 2010). I am currently working on a book about unbelief in British fiction between the wars. Unbelief explores the waning of belief in belief itself which is as much a crisis of rationalism (the belief in someone else’s naïve belief in God) as it is a crisis of faith. From plots that turn on crises-of-faith (James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Sylvia Townsend Warner), to particular genres dedicated to rationalist themes such as the Jesus-novel (H.D. and D.H. Lawrence) and the detective novel (G.K. Chesterton), this book will chart the growth and diversification of a distinct literature of unbelief

I am lead organizer of the London Modernism Seminar at the Institute of English Studies and the Membership Secretary of the British Association of Modernist Studies. In 2013, I helped to organize the Modernist Studies Association Conference (MSA15), which was the largest gathering of modernist scholars in the UK to date. In 2014, I was part of the organising committee of Modernism Now, the bi-annual conference of the British Association of Modernist Studies (Senate House, June 2014).


Recent Publications:


Angels of Modernism: Religion, Culture, Aesthetics 1910-1960 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011)

The Salt Companion to Mina Loy, ed. Suzanne Hobson and Rachel Potter (Cambridge: Salt, 2010)

Articles and Book Chapters:

Radical Unorthodoxy: H.D.’s and Mary Butts’s Hellenistic Fiction’, in Spirituality in Modernist Women’s Writing: A Piercing Darkness, ed. Heather Walton, Elizabeth Anderson, Andrew Radford (London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016)

‘”Looking all lost towards a Cook's guide for beauty”: The Art of Literature and the Lessons of the Guidebook in Modernist Writing’, Studies in Travel Writing, 19 (2015): 30-47.

‘Christian Prehistories of Literary Modernism in G.K. Chesterton and Allen Upward’, in Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, ed. Erik Tonning, Michael Feldman and David Addyman (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

‘Religion and Spirituality’, in The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

‘Credulous Readers: H.D. and Psychic Research Work’, in Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, ed. John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)

‘“I am not the British Isles on Two Legs”: Travel Fiction and Travelling Fiction from D.H. Lawrence to Tim Parks’, in The End of Empire and the English Novel since 1945, ed. Rachael Gilmour and Bill Schwarz (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)

‘Mina Loy’s “Conversion” and the Profane Religion of her Poetry’, in The Salt Companion to Mina Loy, ed. Suzanne Hobson and Rachael Potter (Cambridge: Salt, 2010), pp. 248-65

‘H.D. and the Angelus Militans’, Miranda, no. 2 (2010),

‘The Angel Club: Allen Upward and the Divine Calling of Modernist Literature’, Literature and Theology, 22/1 (2008), 48-63 doi:10.1093/litthe/frm013

‘A New Angelology: Mapping the Angel in Twentieth-Century Literature’, Literature Compass, 4/2 (2007), 494-507. doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2006.00412.x


‘Modernism’, in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (Oxford University Press), entered on 25 September 2012:

See also my Queen Mary Research Publications profile

PhD Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.

I has recently supervised the following successful PhD project:

  • Timothy Bell, 'Envisioning the Working Class in British Fiction, 1957-1967', co-supervised with Clair Wills (2012)
  • Steven Quincey Jones, ‘The Egoist and Its Afterlives: Modernism, Mysticism and Egoism’, co-supervised with Peter Howarth (2013)
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