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Environmental Studies

What Happened to the Rats? Crusoe’s Island Ecology (Lucinda Cole)

Story posted September 26, 2011

Event date(s): September 26, 2011 — October 02, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Please join us for a talk by Lucinda Cole, professor at the University of Southern Maine, working at the forefront of the study of animals, the environment, and literature in the early modern period. Lucinda Cole’s  interest is in the cultural discourses surrounding vermin and how these discourses are strongly implicated in emerging representation of “others’ within English-language cultural traditions.

Her talk will focus on the absence of rats in Daniel Defoe’s novel “Robinson Crusoe” and what that absence means for the novel’s way of modeling independent, self-subsistent economic activity.