Lucinda Cole

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

  • Visiting Associate Professor, English
1991 …2019
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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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ecology Social Sciences
eating behavior Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences
Animals Arts & Humanities
eighteenth century Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
modernity Social Sciences
conversation Social Sciences

Research Output 1991 2019

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

Thing Theory
Robinson Crusoe

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

Activities 2009 2019

  • 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

Literary Studies

Outstanding Scholarship Award

Lucinda Cole (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Honorary award

Presidential Award for Overseas Scholarship

Lucinda Cole (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Honorary award