School of English

Professor Donna Landry

School of English - Professor of English and American Literature

01227 82(4745)


(BA, Duke; MA, PhD, Virginia)

Office: NC 4

On research leave 2015/16

Donna Landry has published widely on the politics and aesthetics of the countryside, Anglo-Ottoman and East-West relations, the horse in history, imperialism, Orientalism, the Black Atlantic, labouring-class and women’s writing, travel writing, and on animals as simultaneously cultural agents and commodities. She regularly crosses disciplinary boundaries and currently poaches in Ottoman studies, art history, ecology, landscape aesthetics, postcolonial theory, and Middle Eastern history. With Jonathan Lamb, Iain McCalman, and Vanessa Agnew, among others, she has been involved in the ‘Extreme and Sentimental History’ project (see Criticism 46:3 [Summer 2004]). With Ercihan Dilari, Caroline Finkel, and Gerald MacLean, she is a founding member of the Evliya Çelebi Ride and Way, a project of historical re-enactment, leading to the establishment of an UNESCO cultural route, The Evliya Çelebi Way. She received a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship for 2009-2010 for ‘Hoofprinting’ (Evliya Çelebi, Wilfrid Scawen and Lady Anne Blunt).

Click here to listen to an interview with Donna from New Books in South Asian Studies.



  • The Evliya Çelebi Way, co-authored with Caroline Finkel and Kate Clow (Istanbul: Up Country [Turkey] Ltd., 2011)
  • Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture in 'Animals, History, Culture' series at The Johns Hopkins University Press (2008).
  • The Invention of the Countryside: Hunting, Walking, and Ecology in English Literature, 1671-1831 (Palgrave, 2001). Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, 2002.
  • The Country and the City Revisited: England and the Politics of Culture, 1550-1850, co-edited with Gerald MacLean and Joseph P. Ward (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
  • The Spivak Reader, co-edited with Gerald MacLean, with an introduction, headnotes, and a checklist of publications (Routledge, 1996).
  • Materialist Feminisms, co-authored with Gerald MacLean (Blackwell Publishers, 1993).
  • The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796 (Cambridge University Press, 1990: paperback, 2005).

In Progress:

  • Expedition and Reenactment: Journeying with an Ottoman Traveller, Evliya Çelebi, co-authored volume in progress with Gerald MacLean, Zuhre Aksoy, Andrew Byfield, Caroline Finkel, and Leyla Neyzi, for Palgrave Macmillan’s Reenactment History series.
  • Imperial Alternatives: Travels in the Ottoman World that Britain Forgot, monograph in progress based on ‘Hoofprinting’, Leverhulme-funded Study Abroad Fellowship for 2009-2010.

Special issues of journals

  • Travelling in Anatolia, the Ottoman Empire, and the Republic of Turkey, co-edited with Gerald MacLean, special issue with co-authored ‘Introduction: On the Road in Anatolia and Beyond’, Studies in Travel Writing 16: 4 (December 2012): 337-48.
  • Learning to Read in the Long Revolution: New Perspectives on Laboring-Class Poets, Aesthetics, and Politics, co-edited with William Christmas, special issue with co-authored Introduction, Criticism 47: 4 (Fall 2005) [appeared 2007], 200+ pp.

Chapters and articles (2010 onwards)

  • ‘Queering the Subject of Ottoman History and Turkish Identity’, in Shane Brennan and Marc Herzog, eds., Turkey and the Politics of National Identity: Social, Economic, and Cultural Transformation, Library of Modern Turkey (London: I. B. Tauris, forthcoming).
  • ‘Writing Beirut c.1982: James Buchan, Robert Fisk, Charles Glass’, with Gerald MacLean, in The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art, and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut, Caroline Rooney and Rita Sakr, eds., Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures (New York: Routledge, 2013).
  • ‘Poems on Place’, Jack Lynch, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  •  ‘Said Before Said’, Debating Orientalism, eds. Ziad Elmarsafy, Anna Bernard, and David Attwell (Palgrave, 2013), 55-72.
  • The Geopolitical Picturesque’, in Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, and Robert Hudson, eds., Land and Identity: Theory, Memory, Practice (Amsterdam and New York: Rhodopi, 2012), 91-114.
  • ‘Anglo-Ottoman Enlightenment? Thoroughbreds and the Coffeehouse’, in Gerald MacLean, ed., Britain and the Muslim World (Cambridge Scholars, 2011), 69-84.
  • ‘English Brutes, Eastern Enlightenment’, in ‘Animal, All Too Animal’, Lucinda Cole, ed., a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 52:1 (Spring 2011): 11-30.
  • ‘Speciesism, Identity Politics, and Ecocriticism: A Conversation with Humanists and Posthumanists’, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 52:1 (Spring 2011), 87-106. [With Cole, Boehrer, Nash, Fudge, Markley, Wolfe]
  • ‘Queer Islam and New Historicism’, ‘Queer Adventures in Cultural Studies’, Angela McRobbie, ed., a special issue of Cultural Studies 25: 2 (March 2010): 149-65.
  • ‘Empire’s Children’, with Caroline Rooney, in Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation, and Postcolonialism, Caroline Rooney and Kaori Nagai, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 58-78.
  • ‘Picturing Benevolence Against the Commercial Cry, 1750-1798, or, Sarah Fielding and the Secret Causes of Romanticism’, The History of British Women’s Writing, 1750-1830 (Volume 5 of The History of British Women’s Writing), Jacqueline Labbé, ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 150-71.
  • Brute Strength: Labouring-Class Studies and Animal Studies’, Keywords 8 (2010), 15-17.
  • ‘Rewriting the Sea from the Desert Shore: Equine and Equestrian Perspectives on a New Maritime History’, in Maria Fusaro, Colin Heywood, and Mohamed-Salah Omri, eds., Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel’s Maritime Legacy, International Library of Historical Studies 67 (London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2010), 253-77.

Chapters and articles (pre 2010)

  • ‘Settlers on the Edge, or Sedentary Nomads: Andrei Platonov and Steppe History’, in Vanessa Agnew and Jonathan Lamb, eds., with Daniel Spoth, Reenactment History, Volume 2: Settler and Creole Reenactment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 41-54.
  • ‘William Beckford’s Vathek and the Uses of Oriental Re-enactment’, in Felicity Nussbaum and Saree Makdisi, eds., The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West (Oxford University Press, 2008), 167-94.
  • 'Learning to Ride in Early Modern Britain, or, the Making of the English Hunting Seat', in The Culture of the Horse: Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World, ed. Karen Raber and Treva J. Tucker (Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), 329-49.
  • The Bloody Shouldered Arabian and Early Modern English Culture', Criticism 46:1 (Winter 2004): 41-69.
  • 'Slavery and Sensibility: Phillis Wheatley within the Fracture', in Early Black British Writing: Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Others, ed. Alan Richardson and Debbie Lee (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004), 377-95.
  • 'Lady Anne Blunt's Algerian Journals, 1873-74,' in Prof. Emerite Abdeljelil Temimi and Dr. Mohamed-Salah Omri, eds, The Movement of People and Ideas between Britain and the Maghreb (Tunis: Fondation Temimi, 2003), 91-102.
  • 'Green Languages? Women Poets as Naturalists in 1653 and 1807,' in 'Forging Connections,' Anne K. Mellor, Felicity Nussbaum, and Jonathan F. S. Post, eds, a special issue of Huntington Library Quarterly 63:4 (2002): 39-61.
  • 'Radical Walking', (December 2001).
  • 'Horsy and Persistently Queer: Imperialism, Feminism, and Bestiality,' Textual Practice 15:3 (November 2001): 467-85.

Research supervision

Professor Landry invites applications in research fields in which she has supervised, such as postcolonial and ecological theory, travel and travel writing (especially in Turkey and the Ottoman empire), early modern and Enlightenment empires in a comparative frame, Turkish, Palestinian, and other Middle Eastern literature, Orientalism, Black Atlantic writing, gender studies and queer theory, labouring-class writing, women’s writing, animals in cultural history.

Professional activities

Professor Landry is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the editorial boards of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The John Clare Society Journal, and Criticism, as well as a consultant for presses. With Professor Caroline Rooney, she co-edits the Routledge ‘Research in Postcolonial Literatures’ series. She is a member of the Modern Language Association of America, the British and American Societies for Eighteenth-century Studies, the World Arabian Horse Organization, the British Syrian Society, the Anglo-Turkish Society, the Turkish Area Studies Group, the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, and the Society of Authors.


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