Cook, Elizabeth Heckendorn

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Education: 

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 1990

After teaching in Yale University's English Department 1990-1995, I moved to UC Santa Barbara. Among courses I've offered here: "Writing Nature in the 18th Century"; "Performing the Restoration Playhouse"; "Going Postal: Letter-Narratives";  and "Augustan Poetry and the Public Sphere." I'm affiliated with the Early Modern Center and the Literature & Environment initiatives in English, and with UCSB's Environmental Humanities Center.

My research interests include theater studies, letter-narratives, and nature/culture encounters in early modern British literature. In Epistolary Bodies: Gender and Genre in the Eighteenth-Century Republic of Letters (1996), I examined how epistolary novels play with and against print culture (Montesquieu, Richardson, Riccoboni, Crèvecoeur). My recent article on the French artist Sophie Calle reads her "Take Care of Yourself" project (2007) as a remediation of 18th-c. epistolary conventions.

In 2012, I co-edited the collection Invaluable Trees: Cultures of Nature 1660-1830. I'm currently working on a book entitled "Talking Trees: Others and Ethics in Long-Eighteenth-C. British Literature," which considers the history of environmental ethics in writing about trees and forests. Recent articles have focused on avian migration, botany and monstrosity, and the 18th-c. global circulation of flora.

Together with several graduate researchers, I am developing the Early Modern British Theater: Access (EMBTA) project. Please visit our website, which collects resources for teaching theater studies 1500-1800, at embta.english.ucsb.edu.

 

 

Contact

Office: 

South Hall 2503

Office Hours: 

Winter 2017: Mondays 10-11am. Thursdays 10:30-11:30am.

FAX: 

(805) 8934622

Email: 

ecook@english.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address: 

English Department - 3170
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

Fields/Affiliations: 

Early Modern Studies
Literature and the Environment
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

Research Interests: 

Eighteenth-century British and French literature and cultural studies; literature and environment.

Publications

Articles & Chapters: 

In 2012 my co-editors and I published Invaluable trees: cultures of nature, 1660 –1830. The co-edited, interdisciplinary volume is the first to deal with the material culture of trees, forests, and wood in the early modern period; it includes essays by scholars in art history, history of science, musicology, agricultural and forest history, and literary scholars working in a number of European languages. My essay in the volume, on Swift's poem "On cutting down the old thorn at Market Hill," argues that Swift employs a rhetorical strategy of distancing and displacement to argue for an ecocentric environmental ethics.

 

Projects

Forthcoming Projects: 

With a team of graduate students from the Early Modern Center, I'm creating a web-based project called Early Modern British Theater: Access (EMBTA). Its goal is to facilitate the teaching of plays and their performance contexts in ways that bring theater's complex multisensorial and collaborative aspects into the classroom. Rather than focusing on one side or the other of the mid-17th-c. Puritan closure of theaters, our site ranges from 1500-1800. While the theater of Shakespeare is radically different from the theater of Garrick, our site aims to explore both continuities and innovations in British performance history and dramatic literature over three centuries.

Bookshelf

Recent Courses Taught

Quarter Course Title
Winter 2017 ENGL 114EM Early Modern Women Writers
Winter 2017 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Ecofictions - The Human/Non-Human Mesh
Fall 2016 ENGL 169 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
Spring 2016 ENGL 102 English and American Literature from 1650-1789
Spring 2016 ENGL 128EN Going Postal: Epistolary Narrative
Winter 2016 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Ecofictions
Spring 2015 ENGL 169 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama: Performing the Restoration Playhouse
Winter 2015 ENGL 102 English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Winter 2015 ENGL 102S Seminar on English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Fall 2014 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Cultures of Nature in the 18th Century
Fall 2014 ENGL 232 Studies in Restoration and 18th Century Literature: Writing Early Modern Nature
Spring 2014 ENGL 128EN Literary Genres: Going Postal – Letter-Narratives
Winter 2014 ENGL 102 English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Winter 2014 ENGL 102S Seminar on English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Fall 2013 ENGL 169 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama: Restoration Comedy: Fops, Punks, Rakes & Wives
Winter 2013 ENGL 102S Seminar for English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Winter 2013 ENGL 102 English and American Literature from 1650 to 1789
Spring 2012 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Writing Nature in 18th C.
Spring 2012 ENGL 128EN Literary Genres: Going Postal: Epistolary Narrative
Winter 2012 ENGL 232 Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature: Augustan Poetry and the Public Sphere