Hannah LeClair

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Ph.D. Candidate


Hannah LeClair’s research in British and French literature of the long nineteenth century focuses on poetics and the realist novel, pursues interests in the aesthetics, visual culture, and nineteenth-century reception of romanticism, and is informed by twentieth-century theories of everyday life. She is writing a dissertation about setting, loco-description, and the afterlife of picturesque aesthetics in the nineteenth-century realist novel.

Hannah’s writing and book reviews have appeared in Asymptote and Music & Literature. She received her B.A. from Bard College in 2014, and spent several years working in secondary education in Limousin, France, and Burlington, VT.

At Penn, Hannah has taught or assisted with undergraduate courses in the departments of English and History as well as the Comparative Literature program. She is a past co-coordinator of the Theorizing Colloquium series (2019-2020), and currently co-convenes Intensive, a graduate student reading group dedicated to works of continental philosophy and literary theory.