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Dr. E.J. (Emelia) Quinn

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 5.34
Postal address
  • Profile

    I joined the UvA in 2019 as a Lecturer in English and was appointed as Assistant Professor of World Literatures & Environmental Humanities in 2021. Prior to my time at the UvA I received my DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford and taught briefly in the Art History Department at the University of Birmingham (UK).

    At the UvA, I co-ordinate the BA courses "Literature, Empire, and the Postcolonial World" and "Contemporary World Literature" as well as the MA course "Contemporary World Literature: Objects, Problems, Forms." I also teach on several core BA courses, including "Literature 1: Genres, Texts, Contexts" and "Literature 3: The Long-Nineteenth Century," and co-ordinate the English Faculty Guest Lecture Series.

    My research establishes the emergent field of vegan theory and its intersections with animal studies, queer theory, ecocriticism, and postcolonial studies. My recent monograph, Reading Veganism: The Monstrous Vegan, 1818 to Present (Oxford University Press, 2021), establishes a trajectory of literary veganisms across two centuries of Anglophone literature, identifying the repetition of the trope of “the monstrous vegan” across the work of Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Margaret Atwood, J. M. Coetzee, and Alan Hollinghurst. I have published work in PMLA, Sculpture Journal, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and Society & Animals. My ongoing work turns to the relationship between ethics and aesthetics.

    From September 2021 I am the editor of The Year's Work in Critical and Culture Theory. 

  • Publications


    • Quinn, E. (2022). Veganism and the Monstrous: "Not Text, but texture": Pale Fire and Monstrous Vegan Literary Criticism. In L. Wright, & E. Quinn (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies (pp. 152-166). (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities). Edinburgh University Press. [details]
    • Wright, L., & Quinn, E. (Eds.) (2022). The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies. (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities). Edinburgh University Press. [details]




    • Quinn, E. J. (2018). Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory. Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Quinn, E. J. (2018). Deer Crossing. Moose Crossing. Old People Crossing. Children Crossing: Reading Islamophobia through a Vegan Lens in Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows. Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
    • Quinn, E. J. (2018). Monstrous Vegan Narratives: Margaret Atwood's Hideous Progeny. In E. Quinn, & B. W. (Eds.), Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory Palgrave Macmillan.


    • Quinn, E. J. (2016). No Country for Queer Dogs: Queer Veganism in the Contemporary Hollywood Romantic Comedy. Society & Animals.


    • Quinn, E. J. (Accepted/In press). "Every Kind of Trans": Incommensurable Comparisons and Embodied Knowledges in Octavia Butler's Wild Seed. In J. Sarkar (Ed.), Thinking in Migration: Reflections on Trans(in)fusion and Critical Theory Lexington Books.
    • Quinn, E. J. (Accepted/In press). Margaret Atwood's Dairyscape. In C. Taylor (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Animals and Gender Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

    Prize / grant

    • Quinn, E. (2022). ASCA Book Award.

    Journal editor

    • Quinn, E. (editor) (2021-2026). The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Quinn, E. (invited speaker) (10-3-2022). The Monstrous Vegan, Special Lecture on Reading Veganism.
    • Quinn, E. (invited speaker) (2-2022). The Monstrous Vegan, Global Conversations Towards Queer Social Justice.
    • Quinn, E. (speaker) (2022). Critical Misanthropy, Annual Conference of The Association for Philosophy and Literature.
    • Quinn, E. (speaker) (2022). Margaret Atwood's Dairyscape, Critical Animal and Plant Studies.


    • Quinn, E. (organiser) & Meijer, E. (organiser) (2023). Critical Misanthropy (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Quinn, E. (organiser) (1-2022 - 6-2022). Vegan Studies Network Monthly Lecture Series (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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