Hannah Markley

Assistant Professor of English

Hannah Markley is an assistant professor of transatlantic nineteenth-century literature, focusing on the relationships among literature, science and race in the context of British globalism. Her book manuscript, Morbid Cravings, works at the intersection of the medical humanities and gender and sexuality studies to show how gendered representations of appetite in nineteenth-century literature inform the medical discourse about eating disorders and addiction by the century's end. At the same time, these disorders paradoxically encode political and imperial anxieties about the meaning of daily consumption for a nation fed by the world. 

  • PhD, English literature, Emory University
  • MA, critical theory, University of Sussex
  • BA, English literature, Kenyon College


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Hannah Markley's teaching and research works at the intersections of nineteenth-century literature, gender and sexuality studies, and the medical humanities, exploring topics from the medical concept of addiction to discourses of gender and madness in the nineteenth century. In addition to focusing on the interdisciplinary overlap of literature and science, their teaching and mentorship aims to support students as they develop critical habits of mind and professional skills. In addition to teaching and mentorship, Markley has published several scholarly articles, focusing on the intersections of literature and science, gender and addiction, and the work of mourning. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Medical humanities
  • Queer and feminist theory

Course Sampling

  • Drugs and Monsters: Difference and Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Romantic Disasters: Love and Loss at the End of the World
  • Hysteria: Women and Madness in the Nineteenth Century
  • The Rhetoric of Drugs
  • Literature and Medicine

  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian studies
  • Literature and medicine
  • Critical theory


  • An Appetite for Injection: Medicine, Technology, and Imperialism in The Sign of Four (1890). Accepted Literature and Medicine.
  • Gut Sympathy: Anthropomorphism and Disgust in Sidney Whitings Memoirs of a Stomach (1853). Configurations. 29.2 (2021). 
  • Pharmacokinetics and Opium-Eating: Metabolites, Stomach Aches, and the Afterlife of De Quincey's Addiction. Psychopharmacology in British Literature and Culture: 1780-1900. Ed. Natalie Roxburgh and Jennifer Henke. Palgrave MacMillan, 2020. 
  • Mother Palimpsest: Reproduction in Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Suspiria de Profundis. Essays in Romanticism. 24.1 (2017), 69-82. 
  • In and among us: Specters of Friendship in Coleridges Biographia Literaria. European Romantic Review. 27:5 (2016), 623-637.
  • Derridas No(i)se. Parallax. 20.1 (2014), 41-53.

Book Chapter in Edited Collection

  • Philately on the Telephone: Reading, Touching, Loving the Envois. Going Postcard. Ed. Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei. Punctum Books, 2017.

Review Essay

  • Untouchable Girls and Radiohead: Femininity in Celebricities Alt-Rock Theory. Review: Anthony Curtis Adler. Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life. Fordham University Press: NY, 2016. syndicate.network February 1, 2017. Online.