School of English


(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).

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Landry, D. (2008). Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Landry, D. (2005). The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796. Cambridge University Press.
Edited book
Rooney, C.R. et al. eds. (2015). Cosmopolitan Animals. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK. Available at:
Book section
Landry, D. (2016). Poems on Place. in: Lynch, J. ed. The Oxford Handbook to Eighteenth-Century English Poetry. Oxford University Press.
Landry, D. (2015). Horse-Human Companionship: Creatively Cosmopolitanism across Eurasia. in: Naga, K. et al. eds. Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 181-193.
Landry, D. (2015). Cosmopolitics: Introduction. in: Nagai, K. et al. eds. Cosmopolitan Animals. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 9-13. Available at:
Landry, D. (2015). The Ottoman Imaginary of Evliya çelebi: From Postcolonial to Postimperial Rifts in Time. in: Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, pp. 127-158. Available at:
Landry, D. (2014). The Noble Brute: Contradictions in Equine Ideology, East and West. in: Dubino, J., Rashidian, Z. and Smyth, A. eds. Representing the Modern Animal in Culture. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 23-40.
Landry, D. and MacLean, G. (2013). Writing Beirut C.1982: James Buchan, Robert Fisk, Charles Glass. in: Rooney, C. R. and Sakr, R. eds. The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art, and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut. New York and Abingdon: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures, pp. 37-55.
Landry, D. (2013). Said Before Said. in: Elmarsafy, Z., Bernard, A. and Attwell, D. eds. Debating Orientalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 55-72.
Landry, D. (2013). Delight makes all of the one mind: Irish Collectivity at the Races. in: Lyons, P., Miller, J. and Maley, W. eds. Romantic Ireland: From Tone to Gonne; Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 337-347.
Landry, D. (2012). The Geopolitical Picturesque. in: Berberich, C., Campbell, N. and Hudson, R. eds. Land and Identity: Theory, Memory, Practice. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 91-114.
Landry, D. (2011). Anglo-Ottoman Enlightenment? Thoroughbreds and the Coffeehouse. in: MacLean, G. ed. Britain and the Muslim World. Cambridge Scholars, pp. 69-84.
Landry, D. (2010). Brute Strength: Labouring-Class Studies and Animal Studies. in: Key Words. Spokesman Books, pp. 15-17.
Landry, D. (2010). Picturing Benevolence against the Commercial Cry, 1750-98: Or, Sarah Fielding and the Secret Causes of Romanticism. in: Labbe, J. M. ed. The History of British Women's Writing: 1750-1830. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 150-171.
Landry, D. and Rooney, C. (2010). Empire's Children. in: Rooney, C. R. and Nagai, K. eds. Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 58-78. Available at:
Landry, D. (2009). ‘Mapping the Current Critical Landscape’. in: Day, G. and Keegan, B. eds. The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook . London and New York: Continuum, pp. 202-215.
Landry, D. (2009). ‘Rewriting the Sea from the Desert Shore: Equine and Equestrian Perspectives on a New Maritime History’. in: Fusaro, M., Heywood, C. and Omri, M. -S. eds. Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel’s Maritime Legacy . London: I. B. Tauris.
Landry, D. (2009). ‘Settlers on the Edge, or Sedentary Nomads: Andrei Platonov and Steppe History’. in: Agnew, V. and Lamb, J. eds. Settler and Creole Re-Enactment. Houndmills, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, D. (2008). William Beckford’s Vathek and the Uses of Oriental Re-enactment. in: Makdisi, S. and Nussbaum, F. eds. The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West . Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 167-194.
Landry, D. (2008). Picturing Benevolence: The Picturesque and Radical Charity. in: Surdulescu, R., Grigorescu Pana, I. and Oltean, R. eds. Writing the Self: Modes of Self-Portrayal in the Cultural Text. Bucharest: Department of English, University of Bucharest, pp. 87-96.
Landry, D. (2008). The Making of the English Hunting Seat. in: Garrett, M. et al. eds. Remapping the Humanities: Identity, Community, Memory, (Post)modernity . Detroit: Wayne State University Press, pp. 139-149.
Landry, D. (2006). Georgic Ecology. in: Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon. Bucknell University Press, pp. 253-268.
Landry, D. (2005). Learning to Ride in Early Modern Britain, or, the Making of the English Hunting Seat. in: Raber, K. L. and Tucker, T. J. eds. The Culture of the Horse: Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World . Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 329-349.
Landry, D. (2004). Ruined Cottages: The Contradictory Legacy of the Picturesque for England’s Green and Pleasant Land. in: Gilroy, A. ed. Green and Pleasant Land: English Culture and the Romantic Countryside (Gröningen Studies in Cultural Change). Leuven: David Brown; Imprint : Peeters Pub, pp. 1-17.
Landry, D. (2013). Majestelerinin Soylu Atlar1 Osmanl1 Dan. Derin Tarih 20:34-39.
Landry, D. et al. (2011). Speciesism, Identity Politics, and Ecocriticism: A Conversation with Humanists and Posthumanists. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation [Online] 52:87-106. Available at:
Landry, D. (2011). Queer Islam and New Historicism. Queer Adventures in Cultural Studies [Online] 25:149-165. Available at:
Landry, D. (2011). English Brutes, Eastern Enlightenment. The Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation [Online] 52:11-30. Available at:
Landry, D. (2009). The Ottoman Origins of English Modernity, on the Hoof. Turkish Area Studies Review 13:39-46.
Landry, D. (2007). ‘The Beauty of the Beast’. Cornucopia: Turkey for Connoisseurs 38:86-97.
Landry, D. (2007). ‘Steal of a Turk: Restoration Horse-Trading and Eastern Bloodstock’. Prose Studies 29:115-135.
Landry, D. (2004). The Bloody Shouldered Arabian and Early Modern English Culture. Criticism [Online] 46:41-69. Available at:
Landry, D. (2004). Saddle Time. Criticism [Online] 46:441-458. Available at:
Landry, D. (2013). Following in Evliya Celebi's Footsteps Dankoff, R. and Kim, S. eds. Turkish Review:91-96.
Landry, D. (2012). Review of An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from 'The Book of Travels' of Evliya Celebi. Studies in Travel Writing 16:441-449.
Landry, D. (2009). Review of Land, Nation and Culture, 1740 - 1840: Thinking the Republic of Taste De Bolla, P., Leask, N. and Simpson, D. eds. The John Clare Society Journal 28:99-100.
Landry, D. (2008). Review: Fox. Anthrozoos 21:303-306.
Landry, D. (2007). Labouring-Class Poets. John Clare Society Journal 26:79-84.
Landry, D. (2006). Gina M. Dorré, Victorian Fiction and the Cult of the Horse. The Dickensian 103:241-242.
Landry, D. (2006). History from the Horse’s Mouth. Cornucopia: Turkey for Connoisseurs 35:21-22.
Landry, D. (2005). "But were they any good?": Milkmaids on Parnassus, or, Political Aesthetics. Eighteenth-Century Studies 38:543-546.
Finkel, C., Landry, D. and MacLean, G. (2010). How the Ottomans Shaped and Were Influenced by Europe. [Exhibition]. Available at:
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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.

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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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