I am a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, researching the ecomasculine in the literary western. I also run the podcast ‘Old West, Now’ and its associated blog. My thesis brings together Ecocriticism, Ecosophy, and Gender/Masculinity Studies to examine the ways in which various archetypal masculinities of the Old West, from cowboys to prospectors, have been reimagined in U.S. literature over the past fifty years. Proceeding from the standpoint that frontier narratives and the western genre have shaped the parameters of the man/nature relationship in the U.S. cultural imagination, I am interested in highlighting the ways in which these traditional conceptions of manliness have been challenged in an era of increased environmental awareness, and changing gender norms.


  • PhD English, University of Leeds, 2017-2020
  • MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of St Andrews, 2014-15
  • BA English, Staffordshire University, 2008-2012


‘Old West, Now’  Podcast and associated blog, dedicated to reimaginings of the Old West in modern and contemporary culture. http://www.oldwestnow.wordpress.com


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Victoria Addis

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