Dr Ruth Daly

Dr Ruth Daly


I completed my PhD in 2020. My research was concerned with the relations between experimental writing, feminist interventions in psychoanalytic theory, postcolonial studies and ethical reading practices.

Editor of cultural studies journal parallax

Associate Fellow HEA

Current Research

I am currently working on a book which examines the ethical and political implications of feminist interventions in psychoanalytic theory for postcolonial studies.

I am co-editing a Special Issue, Reading Otherwiseparallax, 103. 28.1, (2022)

Research Activities

Conference Papers

  • 'Feminist De-Disciplining: Reading Experimental Writing as Encounter Event', University of Leeds, May 2018
  • 'Form and Formlessness: The Creaturely Feminine in Southern African Women's Writing' - Futures of Memory Workshop, University of Leeds, Feb 2017
  • ‘A transmutation of fire’: The metamorphic journey of ‘becoming’ in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop', University of Leeds, February 2017
  • 'Anne Landsman's The Devil's Chimney and the suggestion of an alternative Symbolic Order: Re-imagining feminism in South African anti-pastoral writing' - Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network, 'Revolutionary Genders', National University of Ireland, Galway, Nov. 2016
  • 'Liberating the Female Voice from the Patriarchal Order of the South African Pastoral Tradition', Finding Africa Seminar hosted in association with the University of Leeds' Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), May 2016

Journal articles and book reviews

  • Forthcoming ‘Exploring the feminine as an Otherness beyond the Phallus’, Australian Feminist Studies, 2020
  • "A Feminist Space at Leeds: collective reflections on an ‘Event’" in Griselda Pollock, from feminism to the concentrationary and beyond. Raluca Bibiri (ed.). Images. Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies series, Institutul European. 7/2017. ISSN 2247 – 7950 (2018)
  • 'The True Life is not Reducible to Words': The Disintegration of Language in Post-Millenial American Fiction in WRoCAH Journal, Vol. 2 (Dec. 2016)
  • Forthcoming: Nicholas Royle, Hélène Cixous: Dreamer, realist, analyst, writing in parallax  (Review)
  • 'À la recherche du temps retrouvé: A Review of Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts. Roland Barthes ed. Éric Marty, trans. Jody Gladding (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018) in Barthes Studies, Vol. 4 (Nov. 2018)
  • 'Christo Brand, Mandela: my prisoner, my friend (Review) in Leeds African Studies Bulletin, No. 77 (Winter 2015/16)

Awards and Funding

  • Shortlisted for Leeds Partnership Award in ‘Postgraduate Researchers who Teach or Demonstrate’ category (2017 – 2019)
  • AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Support Award. Jointly awarded £1000 towards conference organisation for ‘A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward’, 2017
  • Impact Fund Recipient. Awarded £250 by the School of English Research Committee for the organisation of international conference, ‘Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights’ (Johannesburg), 2017
  • University of Leeds, Language, Literature, and Ethics Scholarship Recipient, 2016


I am the current module leader for ARTF2117 & ARTF2003

I have taught on modules across the FAHC including ARTF1201 Vision & Narrative: Literature and the Visual Arts, (2017-20); ARTF1003 Introduction to Cultural Analysis I, (TA); ARTF1004 Introduction to Cultural Analysis II (TA); ARTF1014 Elements of Visual Culture I, (TA) ENGL2161 Poetry: Reading and Interpretation, School of English (TA); ARTF 3067 British Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century, (TA); ARTF2094 Art, Power and Portraiture, (TA)

Research interests

Feminist theories; psychoanalysis; ethical reading practices; experimental writing; postcolonial writing and theory; critical and cultural theory; contemporary poetry and prose; modern and modernist literature.

Research Groups

Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network


  • PhD Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
  • MA Modern Literary Studies
  • BA hons. English Literature