Department of English

Lucinda Cole

Associate Professor of English



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For AY 2015-16 visiting professor at Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Lucinda Cole works in two disciplines, one old and one new: she teaches seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature and culture, but also animal studies. Whether exploring the Restoration playwright Aphra Behn or the primatologist Frans de Waal, she attends to the ethical, ecological, and scientific contexts of representation. These come together in the genre of science fiction, and one of her favorite courses is "Species, Sex, Gender, and Science Fiction."  Professor Cole's scholarship reflects her desire to link early modern literature to contemporary issues--or, more precisely, to trace back contemporary issues to their origins. Recent scholarship includes “Of Mice and Moisture: Rats, Witches, Miasma, and Early Modern Theories of Contagion,” which appeared in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (2010): 65-84; Animal, All Too Animal, a special issue of Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2011); an article on early modern science in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science (2011); "Human, Animal, and Machine in the Seventeenth Century” (co-authored with Robert Markley) in the Blackwell Companion to British Literature (2014). Forthcoming work includes “The Raw, the Cooked, and the Scavenged: Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Journal for Critical Animal Studies October 2014) and “Guns, Ivory, and Elephant Graveyards” which will appear in Joint Tenant of the Shade: Environmentalism and Animal Welfare in the Long Eighteenth Century. (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2015). Professor Cole's book--Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life 1600-1730--is being published by the University of Michigan University Press (2015).  Professor Cole serves on the Board of Maine Friends of Animal, Maine's largest animal protection organization. Right now she is serving as Director of Women and Gender Studies, spearheading efforts to bring together animal studies, ecofeminism, science studies, and literature. You can find her in her office on 94 Bedford Street.

Research Interests

18th-century English Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Cultural Theories.