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 zoonotic disease and ecological pressures in several historical and geographic contexts.
- B.A. English, Auburn University, 1981
- M.A. English, Louisiana State University, 1987
- Ph.D. English, Louisiana State University. Distinction, 1990
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate Professor, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Cole, L. (2021). Plagues, Poisons, and Dead Rats: A Multispecies History. In S. McHugh, R. McKay, & J. Miller (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature (pp. 589-603). (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39773-9_41
Cole, L. (2019). Animal Studies and the Eighteenth Century: The Nature of the Beast. Literature Compass, 16(6), [e12536]. https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12536
Cole, L. (2019). Crusoe's Animals, Annotated: Cats, Dogs, and Disease in the Naval Chronicle Edition of Robinson Crusoe, 1815. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 32(1), 55-78. https://doi.org/10.3138/ecf.32.1.55
Cole, L. (Accepted/In press). Insects as Symbols: The Christian Renaissance. In S. Smith (Ed.), A Cultural History of Insects in the Renaissance Bloomsbury Publishing.
Cole, L. (Accepted/In press). Out of Africa: Locust Infestation, Universal History, and the Early Modern Theological Imaginary. In K. Bothelho, & J. Campana (Eds.), Lesser Creatures of the Renaissance Penn State University Press.