Hannah Moss


School of English

Research Student

  • BA in English Language and Literature, University of Sheffield, 2007.
  • MA in English Language and Literature, University of Sheffield, 2008.
  • MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Sheffield, 2015.
Research interests
  • Aesthetics
  • The Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Ekphrasis
  • Gothic Literature
  • Historical Stylistics
  • Women's Writing

Current research

Sister Artists: The Representation of the Female Artist in Women’s Writing, 1762-1826

This project seeks to analyse the representation of the female artist in novels of the long eighteenth century. With a wide-ranging artistic education considered a prerequisite for being accepted as an accomplished female, novels of the period are populated by women who are adept at everything from painting portraits to playing the pianoforte.

However, the ideal of the accomplished female elides the aesthetic appeal of the artist with that of her art, and thus creates tension between seeing women’s art as a strategy merely employed to attract the male gaze as opposed to an expression of subjectivity.

With a focus on the work of women writers including Sarah Scott, Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Frances Burney and Mary Shelley, this thesis will address the inherent tension in being both a woman and an artist by analysing how the heroine is able to actively create art whilst negotiating societal expectations and limitations.

An interdisciplinary approach, whereby literary examples are analysed in reference to visual representations of female artists, will allow for the dialogue between art forms to be analysed, as writers describe, adapt or allude to famous works of art to comment on the role of the female artist.

Research group


  • Professor Joe Bray
  • Professor Angela Wright
Teaching activities
  • EGH 202 History of Persuasion
  • 'The Art of Imitation: Ellena’s copies from the Antique in Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian (1797)' - conference paper presented at the IGA: Gothic Traditions and Departures, Universidad de Las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, July 2017
  • 'The ‘Bastilled’ Wife: Architectural Metaphor and the Confinement of Literary Form in Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Wrong Woman, Or Maria (1798)' Track Changes, Issue 10, July 2017: https://trackchangesjournal.wordpress.com/