Ruth Daly

Ruth Daly

Doctoral Researcher
Teaching Assistant

Summary: My PhD is concerned with the relation between experimental women’s writing in Southern Africa and ethical reading practices.

Location: Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies

Teaching Commitments: Vision and Narrative: Literature and the Visual Arts // Poetry: Reading and Interpretation

My PhD is concerned with the relation between experimental women’s writing in Southern Africa and ethical reading practices. I read contemporary experimental writing alongside works by Hélène Cixous and the theorisations of feminist psychoanalyst, Bracha Ettinger to consider the ethico-political potentialities engendered by alternative approaches to sexual difference.

Supervised by Professor Griselda Pollock 

Research Interests

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


MA Modern Literary Studies, Queen's University Belfast

BA (Hons) English Literature with Anthropology as a minor subject, National University of Ireland, Maynooth


I have co-organised an international conference:

‘Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights’, a symposium for Postgraduate Students and Early-Career Researchers at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), June 2017

Panel Chair, 'Life Writing Across Borders' at 'Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights' (JHGC), June 2017

Conference Papers:

'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

Academic Experience and Training

Six-week internship undertaking archival research on Institutional Memory, Cape Town Holocaust Centre (CTHC), ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’ (CI AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund), June-July, 2017 

Co-Founder of Postcolonial & World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group, University of Leeds, 2016

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

Branch Representative for Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network

'The True Life is not Reducible to Words': The Disintegration of Language in Post-Millenial American Fiction in WRoCAH Journal, Vol. 2 (Dec. 2016)

Member of the 2015 and 2016 Undergraduate Awards Judging Panel in Literature

Co-Leader of Harehills Bibliotherapy Reading Group for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, 2015-2016 

Committee Member of Postgraduate Research Conference Common Ground V, Queen’s University Belfast, 2014

Peer Tutor for undergraduate students of English from 2011-2013, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Awards and Funding

Awarded PGR Impact Fund, School of English, University of Leeds, 2017 for 'Life Narratives' Symposium, Johannesburg

Awarded a travel bursary by Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network for 'Revolutionary Genders' Conference held at NUI Galway, Nov. 2016

Awarded a fully funded scholarship from the University of Leeds under the research theme of Language, Literature, and Ethics, 2015 – 2018

Regional Undergraduate Award Winner in Cultural Studies for, 'Why Restorative Justice is Best Practice: The Simultaneous Pursuit of Justice and Peace in Post-Genocide Rwanda'