Hannah Voss

Hannah Voss is a PhD candidate at Durham University, funded by a Durham Doctoral Studentship. Her thesis explores the representations of split identity, self-erasure, and alternative belonging in the work of mid-twentieth century women writers, especially H.D., Jean Rhys, and Anne Stevenson. She received her MA from Durham in 2019 and holds a BA (2018) from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas. She currently serves as a postgraduate representative for the British Association for Modernist Studies, and has presented her work at New Work in Modernist Studies and published in The Modernist Review.


Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land: Barbara Hepworth at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

In 1969, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth wrote to her ex-husband, Ben Nicholson, “so much depends, in sculpture, on what one wants to see through a hole!" What emerges in a sustained encounter with Hepworth’s work is her philosophy that sculpture is not simply a form carved or constructed out of specific material, but an intervention in a physical space, comprising the sculpture itself, the viewer, and the space surrounding it.

HERmione (1981) by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

H.D.’s HERmione opens with a meditation on the past, courtesy of her daughter, Perdita Schaffner. In H.D.-like prose, Schaffner reprimands herself: “Don’t delve and dredge. Cut down on nostalgia, that too can be insidious.”