Lucinda Cole

Associate Professor, Department of English, Affiliate Professor, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

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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 widespread food insecurity marked rodents, birds, and other small creatures as material and symbolic threats to fragile food supplies. More recent and forthcoming work attends to zoonotic disease and ecological pressures in several historical and geographic contexts. 

Education

  • 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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