Projects per year
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 my 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 was published by Cornell University Press in 2018. I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship in 2015-16 to complete this book which was named a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title in 2019. 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. More recently I had another essay published in that magazine on the strange history of flesh avoidance.
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.
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 co-teach with Dr Elsa Richardson a masters class called 'Fleshy Histories: Meat Eating and Meat Avoidance, 1500 to the Present' at the University of Strathclyde. This is an option on the masters courses in Interdisciplinary English Studies, Historical Studies, Health History, and Gender Studies.
I 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.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex
Award Date: 1 Jan 1995
Master of Arts, University of Sussex
Award Date: 1 Jan 1992
- Animal studies
- Early modern studies
Fudge, E., 12 Mar 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Social History of Medicine. 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review
Fudge, E., 11 Aug 2020, The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals. Dugan, H. & Raber, K. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon, 29 p. (Routledge Companions).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Fudge, Erica (Recipient), Aug 2014
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively