Christie Oliver-Hobley


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BA English Language & Literature, University of Leeds, 2014; MPhil English Studies: Modern & Contemporary Literature, University of Cambridge, 2016


Dr Robert McKay, Dr Sam Ladkin


Dr Lourdes Orozco (Leeds)

Research interests

Animal Studies; the Nonhuman; Ecocriticism; Contemporary Literature; Nature Memoir; Short Fiction; Contemporary Performance; Performance Art; Performance Research; Film; Cinema; Continental Philosophy; Ethology



Christie is a first-year PhD student in the School of English, examining representations of animals in contemporary culture. His research encompasses a broad range of genres and modes, including nature memoirs, poetry, short stories, cinema, performance research and performance art. What links his chosen ‘texts’ is their interest in nonhuman subjectivities: adopting animal affects, or inhabiting imagined nonhuman minds, they enact radical decentrings of the human. Some of these human writers, artists and performers purportedly seek to surmount the wall of animal/human alterity entirely – to be, or to become, animal. Christie’s analysis of these primary sources is informed by scientific insights into animal behaviour and/or consciousness, as well as by philosophical thinking about animals, over the past eighty-or-so years.

Research groups

Member of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC)

Co-custodian of ShARC Blog (from October 2017)

Co-organiser of the Work in Progress (WiP) Seminar series (from January 20180