PhD Doctor of Philosophy



Why love me - then eat me? Examining anthropomorphic animals in fiction and their relationship to real world meat eating and animal activism.

Thesis Outline.

Reflecting on the limitations of animal anthropomorphism and interrogating instead, other stylistic techniques (with a primary focus on second person narrative), in the creation of a hybrid novel, to more effectively explore animal welfare and the meat paradox in UK industrial farming



With a background in education, therapy and currently - community arts, I have spent the last five years working with creative writing (and other creative forms of expression) as an therapeutic model. This also led to a recent Master's in Creative Writing (with a psychological and writingreflexive focus). Alongside this, I have always been an avid campaigner and advocate for the non-human animal and environmental/climate issues. Coupled with a fascination and growing pull toward posthumanist thinking, my PhD idea emerged within the fusion of the psychological implications of the hierarchical human and non-human animal relationship, and more specifically - if fiction has a larger part to play in challenging the welfare status of industrial farm animals and - the meat paradox.


Research Activities.

Practice-led and practice based research. Operational significance of specific techniques, to advance knowledge within the practice. Research of evolving and emerging phenomena of artefact creation (novel). Examination of literary stylistic techniques through comparative historical, modern usage, linguistic features.





Julie Dickinson

Contact Details.

Arts and Creative Industries

Director of Studies.

Dr Geoff Nash