School of English


(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.

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Landry, Donna. 2015. As?l Hayvanlar. Trans. Sinan Ak?ll?. Instanbul [Turkish translation of Noble Brutes.]: E Publishing.
Landry, Donna, Caroline Finkel, and Kate Clow. 2011. The Evliya ÇElebi Way. Istanbul, Turkey: Up Country Ltd.
Landry, Donna. 2008. Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2005. The Muses Of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry In Britain, 1739-1796. Cambridge University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2001. Invention Of The Countryside : Hunting, Walking And Ecology In English Literature 1671-1831. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230287570.
Landry, Donna, and Gerald MacLean. 1993. Materialist Feminisms. Blackwell Publishers.
Edited book
Nagai, Kaori, Caroline R. Rooney, Donna Landry, Charlotte Sleigh, Karen C. Jones, and Monica Mattfeld, eds. 2015. Cosmopolitan Animals. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK. doi:10.1057/9781137376282.
Jones, Karen R., Kaori Nagai, Donna Landry, Charlotte Sleigh, Monica Mattfeld, and Caroline R. Rooney, eds. 2015. Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave MacMillan.
Landry, Donna, Gerald MacLean, and Joseph P. Ward, eds. 1999. The Country And The City Revisited: England And The Politics Of Culture, 1550-1850. Cambridge University Press.
Landry, Donna, and Gerald MacLean, eds. 1996. The Spivak Reader. London: Routledge.
Book section
Landry, Donna. 2019. "Horses At Waterloo, 1815". In Equine Cultures, Monica Mattfeld and Guest, Kristen. Chicago, USA: University of Chicago Press.
Landry, Donna. 2016. "Poems On Place". In The Oxford Handbook Of British Poetry, 1660-1800, Jack Lynch. Oxford University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2015. "Horse-Human Companionship: Creatively Cosmopolitanism Across Eurasia". In Cosmopolitan Animals, Kaori Nagai, Jones, Karen C., Mattfeld, Monica, Rooney, Caroline R., Sleigh, Charlotte, and Landry, Donna, 181-193. Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2015. "The Ottoman Imaginary Of Evliya çelebi: From Postcolonial To Postimperial Rifts In Time". In Anglophone Literature, History, And The Demise Of Empires, 127-158. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi. doi:10.1163/9789004302280_008.
Landry, Donna. 2015. "Cosmopolitics: Introduction". In Cosmopolitan Animals, Kaori Nagai, Rooney, Caroline R., Sleigh, Charlotte, Jones, Karen C., and Mattfeld, Monica, 9-13. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2014. "Queering Identities In Ottoman History And Turkish Identity". In Turkey And The Politics Of National Identity: Social, Economic And Cultural Transformation, Shane Brennan and Herzog, Marc, 215-242. London: Library of Modern Turkey / I B Taurus / Bloomsbury.
Landry, Donna. 2014. "The Noble Brute: Contradictions In Equine Ideology, East And West". In Representing The Modern Animal In Culture, Jeanne Dubino, Rashidian, Ziba, and Smyth, Andrew, 23-40. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2013. "Said Before Said". In Debating Orientalism, Ziad Elmarsafy, Bernard, Anna, and Attwell, David, 55-72. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Landry, Donna, and Gerald MacLean. 2013. "Writing Beirut C.1982: James Buchan, Robert Fisk, Charles Glass". In The Ethics Of Representation In Literature, Art, And Journalism: Transnational Responses To The Siege Of Beirut, Caroline R. Rooney and Sakr, Rita, 37-55. New York and Abingdon: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures.
Landry, Donna. 2013. "Delight Makes All Of The One Mind: Irish Collectivity At The Races". In Romantic Ireland: From Tone To Gonne; Fresh Perspectives On Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Paddy Lyons, Miller, John, and Maley, Willy, 337-347. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Landry, Donna. 2012. "The Geopolitical Picturesque". In Land And Identity: Theory, Memory, Practice, Christine Berberich, Campbell, Neil, and Hudson, Robert, 91-114. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.
Landry, Donna. 2011. "Anglo-Ottoman Enlightenment? Thoroughbreds And The Coffeehouse". In Britain And The Muslim World, Gerald MacLean, 69-84. Cambridge Scholars.
Landry, Donna, and Caroline R. Rooney. 2010. "Empire's Children". In Kipling And Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation And Postcolonialism, Caroline R. Rooney and Nagai, Kaori, 58-78. Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2010. "Picturing Benevolence Against The Commercial Cry, 1750-98: Or, Sarah Fielding And The Secret Causes Of Romanticism". In The History Of British Women's Writing: 1750-1830, Jacqueline M. Labbe, 5:150-171. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2010. "Brute Strength: Labouring-Class Studies And Animal Studies". In Key Words, 8:15-17. Spokesman Books.
Landry, Donna. 2009. "€˜Rewriting The Sea From The Desert Shore: Equine And Equestrian Perspectives On A New Maritime History’". In Trade And Cultural Exchange In The Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel’S Maritime Legacy, Maria Fusaro, Heywood, Colin, and Omri, Mohamed-Salah. London: I. B. Tauris.
Landry, Donna. 2009. "€˜Mapping The Current Critical Landscape’". In The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook, Gary Day and Keegan, Bridget, 202-215. London and New York: Continuum.
Landry, Donna. 2009. "€˜Settlers On The Edge, Or Sedentary Nomads: Andrei Platonov And Steppe History’". In Settler And Creole Re-Enactment, Vanessa Agnew and Lamb, Jonathan. Houndmills, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2008. "The Making Of The English Hunting Seat". In Remapping The Humanities: Identity, Community, Memory, (Post)Modernity, Mary Garrett, Gottfried, Heidi, VanBurkleo, Sandra F., and Edwards, Walter, 139-149. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2008. "Picturing Benevolence: The Picturesque And Radical Charity". In Writing The Self: Modes Of Self-Portrayal In The Cultural Text, Radu Surdulescu, Grigorescu Pana, Irina, and Oltean, Roxana, 10:87-96. Bucharest: Department of English, University of Bucharest.
Landry, Donna. 2008. "William Beckford’S Vathek And The Uses Of Oriental Re-Enactment". In The Arabian Nights In Historical Context: Between East And West, Saree Makdisi and Nussbaum, Felicity, 167-194. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2006. "Georgic Ecology". In Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, And The Romantic Canon, 253-268. Bucknell University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2005. "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, Karen L. Raber and Tucker, Treva J., 329-349. Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2004. "Ruined Cottages: The Contradictory Legacy Of The Picturesque For England’S Green And Pleasant Land". In Green And Pleasant Land: English Culture And The Romantic Countryside (Grã¶ningen Studies In Cultural Change), Amanda Gilroy, 1-17. Leuven: David Brown; Imprint : Peeters Pub.
Landry, Donna. 2003. "€˜Foreward’". In Selected Poems, Tim Burke, iii-iv. Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire.
Landry, Donna. 2003. "Slavery And Sensibility: Phillis Wheatley Within The Fracture". In Early Black British Writing: Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, And Others, Alan Richardson and Lee, Debbie, 377-395. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Landry, Donna. 2003. "The Labouring-Class Women Poets: Hard Labour We Most Chearfully Pursue". In Women And Poetry, 1660-1750, Sarah Prescott and Shuttleton, David, 223-243. London/Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Landry, Donna. 2003. "€˜Lady Anne Blunt’S Algerian Journals, 1873-74€™". In The Movement Of People And Ideas Between Britain And The Maghreb, Emerite Abdeljelil Temimi and Omri, Mohammed-Salah, 91-102. Tunis: Fondation Temimi.
Landry, Donna. 2001. "Introductory Critical Essay: Janet Little (1759-1813)". In Scottish Women Poets Of The Romantic Period, Stephen C Behrendt and Kushigian, Nancy J. Electronic Archive.
Landry, Donna. 2000. "€˜Learning To Ride At Mansfield Park’". In The Postcolonial Jane Austen, Park You-me and Sunder Rajan, Rajeswari, 56-73. London: Routledge.
Landry, Donna. 2000. "Postscript To Nancy Armstrong". In Epistolary Histories: Letters, Fiction, Culture, Amanda Gilroy and Verhoeven, W.M, 45-46. University of Virginia Press.
Landry, Donna. 2000. "€˜Love Me, Love My Turkey Book: Letters And Turkish Travelogues In Early Modern England'". In Epistolary Histories: Letters, Fiction, Culture, Amanda Gilroy and Verhoeven, W.M., 51-73. Virginia: University Press of Virginia.
Landry, Donna, Gerald MacLean, and Joseph P. Ward. 1999. "€˜Introduction: The Country And The City Revisited, C. 1550-1850'". In The Country And The City Revisited: England And The Politics Of Culture, 1550-1850, Donna Landry, MacLean, Gerald, and Ward, Joseph P., 1-23. Cambridge University Press.
Landry, Donna. 1998. "€˜Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, And The Literature Of Social Comment’". In The Cambridge Companion To English Literature, 1650-1740, Stephen Z. Zwicker, 307-329. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Landry, Donna. 1995. "Figures Of The Feminine: An Amazonian Revolution In Feminist Literary History". In The Uses Of Literary History, Marshall Brown, 107-128. Duke University Press.
Landry, Donna. 1993. "Reading The Rape And To A Lady With Texts By Swift, Wortley Montagu And Yearsley". In Approaches To Teaching Pope's Poetry, Wallace Jackson and Yoder, R. Paul, 134-141. Modern language Association.
Landry, Donna. 2013. "Majestelerinin Soylu Atlar1 Osmanl1 Dan". Derin Tarih.
Landry, Donna. 2011. "Queer Islam And New Historicism". Queer Adventures In Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies. doi:10.1080/09502386.2011.535983.
Landry, Donna. 2011. "English Brutes, Eastern Enlightenment". The Eighteenth Century Theory And Interpretation. Project muse. doi:10.1353/ecy.2011.0000.
Landry, Donna, Lucinda Cole, Bruce Boeher, Richard Nash, Erica Fudge, Robert Markley, and Cary Wolfe. 2011. "Speciesism, Identity Politics, And Ecocriticism: A Conversation With Humanists And Posthumanists". The Eighteenth Century: Theory And Interpretation. University of Pennsylvania Press. doi:10.1353/ecy.2011.0004.
Landry, Donna. 2009. "The Ottoman Origins Of English Modernity, On The Hoof". Turkish Area Studies Review.
Landry, Donna. 2007. "€˜The Beauty Of The Beast’". Cornucopia: Turkey For Connoisseurs. Cornucopia.
Landry, Donna. 2007. "€˜Steal Of A Turk: Restoration Horse-Trading And Eastern Bloodstock’". Prose Studies. Taylor & Francis Group.
Landry, Donna. 2004. "Saddle Time". Criticism. Wayne State University Press. doi:10.1353/crt.2005.0008.
Landry, Donna. 2004. "The Bloody Shouldered Arabian And Early Modern English Culture". Criticism. Wayne State University Press. doi:10.1353/crt.2004.0032.
Landry, Donna. 2003. "'writing Riding'". Journal X.
Landry, Donna. 2002. "€˜Green Languages? Women Poets As Naturalists In 1653 And 1807€™". Huntington Library Quarterly. THE HENRY E. HUNTINGTON LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY.
Landry, Donna. 2001. "'horsy And Persistently Queer: Imperialism, Feminism, And Bestiality'". Textual Practice. Taylor Francis Online.
Landry, Donna, Camille Paglia, Jane Gallop, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. 1999. "€˜Symposium: American Gender Studies Today’". Women: A Cultural Review. Taylor & Francis.
Landry, Donna, and Gerald MacLean. 1998. "€˜Recent Studies In The Restoration And Eighteenth Century’". Studies In English Literature. doi:10.2307/451063.
Landry, Donna. 1997. "Feminism And Colonialism: Three English Women Travellers On Horseback / Feminizm Ve Sã¶mã¼Rgecilik: At üZerinde üç Ingiliz Kad?n Gezgin". Science And Society / Toplum Ve Bilim. Ankara, Turkey.
Landry, Donna. 1995. "Eroticizing The Subject Or The Duke In Drag: Reading The Memoirs Of Anne, Lady Halkett". Prose Studies. Taylor & Francis Group. doi:10.1080/01440359508586563.
Landry, Donna. 1995. "The Invention Of The Countryside: Pope, The "idiocy Of Rural Life," And The Intellectual View From The Suburbs". Cutting Edges: Postmodern Critical Essays On Eighteenth-Century Satire. University of Tennessee Press.
Landry, Donna. 1994. "Mud, Blood, Muck: Country Filth". The Culture Of Filth.
Finkel, Caroline, Donna Landry, and Gerald MacLean. 2010. "How The Ottomans Shaped And Were Influenced By Europe". Exhibition. The City Circle.
Landry, Donna. 2013. "Following In Evliya Celebi's Footsteps". Robert Dankoff and Kim, Sooyong. Turkish Review.
Landry, Donna. 2012. "Review Of An Ottoman Traveller: Selections From 'the Book Of Travels' Of Evliya Celebi". Studies In Travel Writing.
Landry, Donna. 2009. "Review Of Land, Nation And Culture, 1740 - 1840: Thinking The Republic Of Taste". Peter De Bolla, Leask, Nigel, and Simpson, David. The John Clare Society Journal.
Landry, Donna. 2008. "Review: Fox". Anthrozoos.
Landry, Donna. 2007. "Labouring-Class Poets". John Clare Society Journal. The John Clare Society.
Landry, Donna. 2006. "Gina M. Dorrã©, Victorian Fiction And The Cult Of The Horse". The Dickensian. Ashgate.
Landry, Donna. 2006. "History From The Horse’S Mouth". Cornucopia: Turkey For Connoisseurs. Cornucopia.
Landry, Donna. 2005. ""but Were They Any Good?": Milkmaids On Parnassus, Or, Political Aesthetics". Eighteenth-Century Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Landry, Donna. 2002. "Review Of William J. Christmas, The Lab'ring Muses: Work, Writing, And The Social Order In English Plebeian Poetry, 1730-1830". Nineteenth- Century Literature. University of California Press. doi:doi:10.1525/ncl.2002.57.3.407.
Landry, Donna. 2000. "Review Of Paula Mcdowell, The Women Of Grub Street: Press, Politics, And Gender In The London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730". Journal Of English And Germanic Philology. Clarendon.
Landry, Donna. 1999. "Rural Life In Eighteenth-Century English Poetry- Landry, D.e.". Modern Philology. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1086/492792.
Landry, Donna, and Gerald MacLean. 1997. "€˜The State Of Letters: The Margins And The Centre'". In-Between: Essays & Studies In Literary Criticism. University of Delhi, India.
Landry, Donna. 2018. "Evliya ÇElebi, Explorer On Horseback: Knowledge Gathering By A Seventeenth-Century Ottoman". In Explorations, Encounters, And The Circulation Of Knowledge, 1600-1830, Adriana Craciun and Terrell, Mary. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.
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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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