Erica Fudge


Personal Statement

My research is in the fields of Animal Studies and Renaissance Studies. In my work on the early modern period I have written on issues as varied as meat eating, dreams, children, laughter, reason, bladder-control and animal faces. In addition, I have also published work on contemporary culture, and  have looked at a range of areas where humans interact with animals, including pet ownership, experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children's literature and vegetarianism. I am also interested in the historiographical impact of animal studies and have had recent work on this in History and Theory, and in The Oxford Handbook on Animal Studies. In addition, I am always interested in the links between my historical work and current debates about animals and in October 2017 a short essay, 'Re-enchanting the Farm,' was published on the website of the Centre for Animals and Social Justice

My work is interdisciplinary: I use literary as well as archival materials in research and am currently completing a book, Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes: People and their Animals in Early Modern England, which uses wills to trace people’s relationships with their livestock animals. I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship in 2015-16 to complete this book which will be published by Cornell University Press in 2018. In recent years I have also held a Lynnette S. Autrey fellowship at Rice University (2014) and a Macgeorge Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2015).

Throughout my career I have worked collaboratively with scholars from different disciplines. In 2006, I was a member of the Animal Studies Group whose collective work Killing Animals was published by the University of Illinois Press. In 2011 I co-edited a living book, Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health, for the JISC-funded project Living Books About Life with the environmental ethicist Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University). This is available to download for free here. And in 2012 I received a small grant from the Wellcome Trust to undertake a project with the zooarchaeologist Richard Thomas (Leicester University) on animal healthcare in the early modern period.  The outcome of this project was published as a feature article in History Today in December 2012

I am the director of the British Animal Studies Network (BASN) which holds two meetings a year, one always at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The network brings together those with an interest in human-animal relations from a range of backgrounds from both within and beyond academia and first ran in London from March 2007 to February 2009, funded by the AHRC and Middlesex University. It is now funded by the University of Strathclyde. 

I am on the editorial board of a number of journals: Society & Animals; Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies and The Animal Studies Journal. In recent years I have reviewed books for Society and Animals, History Today, Renaissance Quarterly, and The American Historical Review, and have contributed to recent BBC Radio 4 programmes Natural Histories and Natural History Heroes. An article on the history of vegetarianism came out in History Today in February 2017.

Teaching Interests

I teach on the second year interdisciplinary option class 'The Making of the Modern Human'. In the third year I teach on the options 'Sex, Revenge and Corruption in Renaissance Drama' and 'Shakespeare'; and the fourth year option 'Wild in the Renaissance'. I also teach a class called 'The Wild and the Tame' on the MLitt, Literature, Culture, Place at the University of Strathclyde.

have supervised and am supervising postgraduate research students working in early modern and modern and contemporary periods and would be particularly interested in working with graduates interested in PhD, MPhil or MRes in animal studies and / or Renaissance literary and cultural studies. I would also be interested, also, in supervising interdisciplinary PhDs.


    Research areas

  • Animal studies, Early modern studies
  1. Re-enchanting the farm

    Research output: ResearchOther contribution

  2. Thinking with Vinciane Despret

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

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  1. Humanimalia (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

  2. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel or committee

  3. New Networks for Nature - Nature Matters: Changing Nature

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

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  1. Poetry Reading by Susan Richardson

    Project: Internally funded projectKnowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

  2. AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland

    Project: Research - Studentship

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  1. Macgeorge Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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