Dr Christie Oliver-Hobley

School of English

Teaching Associate in Contemporary Literature

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Dr Christie Oliver-Hobley
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I'm a Teaching Associate in Contemporary Literature. I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield between 2017 and 2021; my thesis examined how contemporary writers and other artists have imagined the experiences of nonhuman animals and explored the intersections between "animality" and markers of human identity, including "gender", "disability" and "race". To analyse these works, I turned to existential phenomenology, a movement almost entirely disregarded by "animal studies" researchers to date. I recently submitted a proposal for a monograph based on this work, which is currently under review at a prestigious academic publisher. Before Sheffield, I completed my MPhil in English Studies at the University of Cambridge, and my BA in English Language & Literature at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

Twentieth-century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Performance Studies, Speculative Fiction, Animal Studies, Ecocriticism, Critical Race Theory, Gender.

Research group

I am an active member of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC).

Teaching activities

Currently I contribute teaching to the following modules at undergraduate level:

LIT117: Contemporary Literature
EGH21002: Literature and Critical Thought
EGH21009: Queer & Now: Contemporary Queer Texts (Module Convenor)