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Dr Hannie Lawlor

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in Spanish



Academic Background

I first came to Oxford as an undergraduate in Spanish and French at Lady Margaret Hall, where I also completed my master’s degree. I worked in Paris and in secondary schools around Oxfordshire before starting my doctorate in contemporary Spanish and French women’s writing at Wolfson College, Oxford, under the supervision of Dr Daniela Omlor and Professor Marie-Chantal Killeen. After completing my doctorate in 2020, I held lectureships in Spanish at Lady Margaret Hall, Exeter College, Keble College, and The Queen’s College, before joining Lincoln College and Jesus College in April 2022.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach the full Spanish Prelims course (including film) and Modern Peninsular options for FHS (papers VIII, XI, XII), as well as Spanish to English translation.

Postgraduate Teaching

Currently, I am supervising an MSt dissertation on post-war women’s writing.

Research Interests

My research focuses on women’s life-writing in Spain and France, and my comparative doctoral thesis looked specifically at intergenerational stories written in response to traumatic loss. Putting the two very different traditions of life-writing in Spain and France into conversation, I considered how texts published in the last two decades are surprisingly similar in the emphasis the authors place on drawing perspectives and voices other than their own into the narrative process. I argued that, in this way, contemporary life-writing practice poses a challenge to current conceptions in autobiography theory of who can, should and does tell the story. In my current project, I set out to debunk the myth that there is no tradition of life-writing by women in Peninsular Spain, by tracing a genealogy of the practice from the end of the Francoist dictatorship to the present day.


‘Post-Traumatic Transitions: Writing Women’s Lives in Dulce Chacón’s La voz dormida [The Sleeping Voice]’, in Feminine Plural: Women in Transition in the Luso-Hispanic World, ed. by María-José Blanco and Claire Williams (forthcoming with Peter Lang, 2022)

The Autofictional: Approaches, Affordances, Forms, ed. by Alexandra Effe and Hannie Lawlor (Palgrave Studies in Life Writing, January 2022)

Access and Outreach

I am keenly committed to supporting outreach and access initiatives, and I teach at the UNIQ Summer School as well as leading Spanish and French A-level workshops and lecturing at GCSE language days.


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