Lucinda Cole

Director of Specialized Faculty, Affiliate Professor, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

  • Visiting Associate Professor, English
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Personal profile

Research Interests

Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Animal Studies; Gender Studies; Literature and Science; Environmental Humanities

My research over the past ten years has been shaped by several new interdisciplinary fields: Animal Studies, Science Studies, Food Studies, and Environmental Humanities. My book Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1750 explores how seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and literature register and address environmental pressures during The Little Ice Age, when temperatures across Northwestern Europe dropped, on average, two degrees. Widespread food insecurity made rodents, birds, and other small creatures an ongoing threat to fragile food supplies. Forthcoming work attends to food systems, animals, and ecological pressures in several historical and geographic contexts. With Robert Markley, I am the editor of AnthropoScene, a book series published by Pennsylvania State University Press.


  • B.A. English, Auburn University, 1981
  • M.A. English, Louisiana State University, 1987
  • Ph.D. English, Louisiana State University. Distinction, 1990

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Research Output

Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1740

Cole, L., 2016, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

Open Access
  • Animal Studies and the Eighteenth Century: The Nature of the Beast

    Cole, L., Jun 26 2019, In : Literature Compass. 16, 6, e12536.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Insects as Symbols: The Christian Renaissance

    Cole, L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) A Cultural History of Insects in the Renaissance. Smith, S. (ed.). New York: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Out of Africa: Locust Infestation, Universal History, and the Early Modern Theological Imaginary

    Cole, L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Lesser Creatures of the Renaissance. Bothelho, K. & Campana, J. (eds.). University Park: Penn State University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 23 Oral presentation
    • 8 Invited talk
    • 3 Editorial activity

    What Is an Animal? Sympathy, Contagion, and the Question of Species

    Lucinda Cole (Speaker)

    Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Poisons, Plagues, Dead Rats: In Search of a Medical Posthumanities

    Lucinda Cole (Keynote speaker)

    Apr 19 2019

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Zoonotic Shakespeare

    Lucinda Cole (Invited speaker)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    AnthropoScene: The SLSA Book Series (Penn State University Press) (Publisher)

    Robert Markley (Editor), & Lucinda Cole (Editor)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Honors & Recognition

  • Outstanding Scholarship Award

    Cole, Lucinda (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Honorary award

    Presidential Award for Overseas Scholarship

    Cole, Lucinda (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: Honorary award