Hannah Fox


I joined the University of Leeds as a PhD researcher in the School of English in 2022, having received my MA in English Literature from Queen Mary University of London in 2020. 

My research explores how literary spaces, such as libraries and bookshops, are represented in migrant fiction, and how the authors use these translocal spaces to highlight the flow of world literature across boundaries and borders. I am interested in the links between the movement of people and the movement of texts, and in the spaces that both books and migrants travel through. By analysing how migrant novels reflect on the flow of world literature within their texts, I hope to contribute to wider discussions within world literature theory about how books circulate in a global context.

My research is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).


  • WRoCAH doctoral studentship, 2022 
  • Marjorie Thompson Prize, 2021
  • Principal’s Prize, Queen Mary University of London, 2021


Research interests

  • theories of world literature
  • modern and contemporary literature in translation
  • spatial and geocritical approaches to literature
  • representations of migration and exile


  • MA English Literature, Queen Mary University of London (Distinction)
  • BA English, University of Wales, Lampeter (First Class Honours)
  • Trinity Cert. TESOL

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Place & Performance