Personal profile

Research overview

Katherine Stratton is a PhD student in the Department of French, working under the supervision of Dr. Emma Herdman and Dr. Claudia Rossignoli. Her thesis, provisionally titled ‘Dexterous Destriers: The Literal and Figurative Horse as Educator in Early Modern France, 1516-1700,' examines the role of the horse and horsemanship in the education of the French nobility of the ancien régime and assesses how pedagogical developments in practical horsemanship influence, and are influenced by, literary representations of the horse.

She received her BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham in 2006, and her MA from Dalhousie University in 2015.

Research interests:

  • 16th- and 17th-century French literature
  • History of equitation
  • History of education
  • Animal studies
  • Renaissance cosmography
  • Western esotericism