Miss Sam Le Butt
Library Assistant/Library Support Assistant
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I am currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Dr Michael Malay and Dr Kirk Sides, with close affiliations with the Centre for Environmental Humanties. My research intersects around monstrosity, bodies, and ecology, in particular how theories of ecofeminism and queer and weird ecology work together to produce ecomonsters and monstrous bodies that are nonhierarchical, relational and entangled. Although I focus on contemporary literature, my interests extend to other types of scientific, cultural and imaginative production that uses monstrosity as a useful lens in creating better modes of kinship and care in ecological and narratological crises across species and ecosystems. My work therefore moves across iterations such as the ecogothic, ecohorror, the New Weird, New Materialism and postcolonial ecofeminism.
Upcoming conferences: Once and Future Fantasies, 13-17 July 2022
Within academia (and beyond!), I am interested in projects and practices that recognise the need for community and activist impact, especially those with a collaborative bent. I also work in various storytelling modes, including collage and fiction writing. My debut collection of short fiction is forthcoming with Radical Bookshop.
I am always interested in opportunities to collaborate on academic and creative projects; please feel free to email for queries or to exchange ideas.