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Ali Ryland


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Personal Statement

My research interests lie within animal studies, as well as a methodology that draws from feminism, posthumanism and ecocriticism.  My current PhD project on the linked identities of women and cows from 1600-1830 is supported by my recently completed MRes dissertation surrounding concepts of human/animal lactation in the seventeenth century. 


Research Interests

  • Animal Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Early modern literature and history
  • Posthumanist theory
  • Ecofeminism and eco-theory

Academic / Professional qualifications

University of Strathclyde, September 2017 - October 2018: MRes English. Passed.

Completed a 30,000 word dissertation entitled 'Concepts of Milk and Milking in Seventeenth Century England'.

University of York, 2011 - 2014: BA English Literature and Politics (Joint Honours). First.

Bridge dissertation: ‘“Shoring up manhood because... it is threatened by the removal of species as a category to dominate": People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Use of Women's Bodies in Animal Advocacy’.