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Poppy Freeman-Cuerden

History, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

English Women's Physical and Cultural Interactions with Animals, 1600-1750

I am examining the various forms of interaction and association lower and middling class women had with animals in the period 1600-1750. I am investigating women’s working relationships with living animals; their relationships with animals as food, medicine or ingredient, including an analysis of the material culture and physical elements of this relationship; their relationship with animals as companions; their unnatural and superstitious association with certain animals; and finally the ways women and animals are associated in language, such as in terms of endearment or insult. 

Research Area

  • History

Other Research Interests

  • Women's and gender history
  • Animal studies
  • Queer studies 
  • Social history
  • Cultural history