Animal Studies Talk

Professor of Englsih Lucinda Cole presented a talk on What Happened to the Rats? Animal Studies and Crusoe's Island Ecology.

The presentation, held on Nov 28th, was drawn from her forthcoming book, Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life (University of Michigan). Recent publications include "Human, Animal, and Machine in the Seventeenth Century," co-authored with Robert Markley (Blackwell Companion to English Literature, forthcoming; Animal, All Too Animal, a special issue of Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2011); "Of Mice and Moisture: Rats, Witches, and Miasma in Early Modern Theories of Contagion" (Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, 2010); "From Newton to Laplace" in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science (2010); and "Posthumanist Measures: Elephants, Assessment, and the Return of Creativity" (Teagle Foundation, 2010).

Professor Cole coordinates the interdisciplinary Human and Animals Relations cluster, and is working to create two new programs: an undergraduate certificate program in Animal Studies, and the Stonecoast MFA in Animals, Art, and the Environment.  She serves on the Board of Maine Friends of Animals. 

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