(BA, Duke; MA, PhD, Virginia)
I have published widely on and continue to investigate horses in history, animals as simultaneously cultural agents and commodities, Anglo-Ottoman and East-West relations, labouring-class and women’s writing, the Black Atlantic, travel writing, imperialism, Orientalism, and the politics and aesthetics of the countryside. I regularly cross disciplinary boundaries and currently poach in Ottoman studies, art history, ecology, landscape aesthetics, postcolonial theory, and Middle Eastern and military history. My latest book, Noble Brutes explored how blood horses imported from the Ottoman empire revolutionised British equestrian culture, inspiring Book 4 of Gulliver’s Travels and George Stubbs’s sporting art.
My current projects include ‘Horses and Courts’, in collaboration with the Philip Mansel, the Society for Court Studies, and the Wallace Collection, and a monograph, ‘War Horses, Waterloo, and the Eastern Question’, a new venture into military history.
With Ercihan Dilari, Caroline Finkel, and Gerald MacLean, I have been 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. My participation was supported by a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship for 2009-2010 for ‘Hoofprinting’ (on Evliya Çelebi and Lady Anne Blunt). With Jonathan Lamb, Iain McCalman, and Vanessa Agnew, among others, I was involved in the ‘Extreme and Sentimental History’ project (Criticism, Volume 46, Number 3, Summer 2004, Guest Editors: Vanessa Agnew and Jonathan Lamb). My longstanding interest in how literary studies intersects with other practices such as riding, walking, and hunting – all sources of re-enchantment of the landscape and ecological insight – can be traced to my book The Invention of the Countryside and such essays as Radical Walking | openDemocracy and Hunting: the English countryside's social levelling? | openDemocracy.
Office: NC 4 (Rutherford Extension)
School of English
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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.
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.