Associate Professor Erica Fudge

Erica Fudge is Reader in Literary and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University.

Her research focuses on the human perception and use of animals in both the early modern and modern worlds. In her research on the early modern period she has written on issues as varied as:

  • meat eating,
  • baptism and conversion,
  • dreams,
  • children and laughter.

In her work on contemporary culture she has looked at a range of areas where humans interact with animals, including experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children's literature and historiography.

Erica's recent book Brutal Reasoning looks at concepts of animal and human reason in early modern English thought. She received a Leverhulme Fellowship for the academic year 2003-4 in order to work on this project which is published by Cornell University Press.

Erica is a member of the Animal Studies Group, whose first collective publication - Killing Animals - was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006, and she is the director of the AHRC funded British Animal Studies Network which will hold its first meeting in May 2007.

Erica is also Associate Editor for the Humanities of the journal Society and Animals; and a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion. As well as writing for academic publication she has also written pieces for the popular history magazine, History Today.

Selected Publications

Brutal Reasoning: Animals, Rationality and Humanity in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006)

With the Animal Studies Group, Killing Animals ( Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press, 2006)

'The History of Animals,Ruminations 1, H-Animal discussion network.

Animal ( London : Reaktion, 2002)

Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, paperback reprint, University of Illinois Press, 2002)

‘The Dog, the Self, and Bladder Control in The Two Gentlemen of Verona : Or, How to do Things With Animals,' in How to do things with Shakespeare, Laurie Maguire ed. (Blackwell: Oxford , forthcoming 2007).

‘Two Ethics: Killing Animals in the Past and the Present' in Killing Animals, The Animal Studies Group ed. ( University of Illinois Press: Urbana and Chicago , 2006).

‘Saying Nothing Concerning the Same: On Dominion, Purity and Meat in Early Modern England ' in Renaissance Beasts: Of Animals, Humans and Other Wonderful Creatures, Erica Fudge ed. ( University of Illinois Press: Urbana and Chicago , 2004).

‘A Left-Handed Blow: Writing the History of Animals' in Representing Animals, Nigel Rothfels ed. (Indiana University Press: Bloomington , 2002), pp.3-18.

‘Calling Creatures by their True Names: Bacon, the New Science and the Beast in Man' in At the Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period, Erica Fudge, Ruth Gilbert, Susan Wiseman ed. (Macmillan/St Martins: Basingstoke/New York, 1999), pp.91-109.