Ruth Daly

Ruth Daly


My PhD is concerned with the relations between experimental writing, feminist psychoanalytic theory, and ethical reading practices.

I am an Editor of cultural studies journal parallax

Associate Fellow of the HEA

Arts Education Outreach Fellow


Research Activities


Awards and Funding

  • Jointly received AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Support Award for ‘A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward’, Dec 2017

  • Awarded ‘Impact Fund’ from the School of English Research Committee, University of Leeds, for 'Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights' (Johannesburg), June 2017

  • University of Leeds Research Scholarship 2015 - 2018


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


Book Reviews & journal articles

'À la recherche du temps retrouvé: A Review of Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts.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)

"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)

'Christo Brand, Mandela: my prisoner, my friend (Review) in Leeds African Studies Bulletin, No. 77 (Winter 2015/16)

Research interests

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

Research Groups

A Feminist Space at Leeds

Postcolonial & World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group

Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network



  • MA Modern Literary Studies
  • BA hons. English Literature