Alice Higgs


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BA English Literature, University of Sheffield 2014, MA English Literature, University of Sheffield 2015


Dr Robert McKay, Dr John Miller

Research interests

Canadian literature, animal studies, postcolonial literature, contemporary literature



My research offers the first systematic study of the fictional representation of animals in Canadian literature since 1960. It examines the way in which literary accounts of animal lives, and human relationships with them, open up new ways of understanding Canadian identity.The thesis explores a diverse range of Canadian literatures, such as settler fiction, war fiction, immigrant fiction and First Nation fiction, to examine how the multicultural makeup of Canada’s literary canon produces different ways of approaching animals. It analyses the determining force of specifically Canadian perceptions of space and critical reconfigurations of established knowledges about animals and human encounters with them; to do so it develops a theoretical framework based on postcolonial thinkers, such as Laura Moss and Dennis Lee, and the work of Michel Foucault.

Research groups

PGT/PGR/Early-Career External Liaison for Sheffield Animals Research Centre (ShARC)


Conference paper June 2017: Presented my paper ‘Bearing the Weight of Separation’: Understanding Animals through encounter in two Canadian Texts at Sheffield Hallam University’s conference ‘Breakups, Separations and Estrangements.’ Presented the same paper at The University of Sheffield's Postgraduate Colloquium titled 'Tensions' in June 2017.