Anna Feuerstein


My primary teaching and research interests include Victorian literature and culture, animal studies, and cultural studies.  Within the field of Victorian studies, my work focuses on human-animal relationships, liberalism, and empire. In animal studies, I am particularly interested in formulations of animal subjectivity and the politics of pet keeping.  My current book project, Liberal Creatures: The Political Lives of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture, examines how the shifting politics of the Victorian era affected representations of animals and animal subjectivity, and seeks to understand how these representations critiqued Victorian liberalism. I provide readings of animal welfare discourses, including legislation, and novels by Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, and Oliver Schriener, in order to demonstrate the varying ways that animals were included in the Victorian political sphere.  I argue that conceptions of animal subjectivity provide new ways of understanding the contradictions within Victorian liberalism and demands for democracy throughout the period.


  • “‘I promise to protect Dumb creatures’: Pastoral Power and the Limits of Victorian Animal Protection.” Society and Animals 23.2 (2015): 148-165.
  • “Chicken Embryos, Headless Frogs, and the Victorian Human-Animal Divide: Samuel Butler’s Animal Epistemology.” Journal of Victorian Culture 19.2 (2014): 198-215.
  • “What does Power Smell Like?: Canine Epistemology and the Politics of the Pet in Flush.” The Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Fall 2013).
  • Forthcoming: Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies. Co-edited with Dr. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo. Routledge.
  • Forthcoming: “Falling in Love with Sea Weeds: The Seaside Environments of George Eliot and G.H. Lewes.” Victorian Writers on the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives. Eds. Larry Mazzeno and Ronald Morrison. Routledge.

Areas of Interest

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies (human-animal relationships, liberalism, and empire)
  • Animal Studies
  • Political Theory


  • PhD in English, Michigan State University
  • BA in English, University of Washington
  • BA in French, University of Washington


Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-333: 19th Century Literature in English (Except American)
  • ENG-760O: Seminar in Literary Genres: The Politics of the Victorian Novel

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-320: Intro to English Studies
  • ENG-332: Restoration/18th-C Lit in Eng

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-272: Lit & Culture: Animals in Literature
  • ENG-730X: Seminar in English Literature & History: Victorian Empire

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-320: Intro to English Studies
  • ENG-433: Studies: 19th C Literature – British Empire

Fall Semester 2015
  • ENG-272: Intro to Lit: Animals in Literature and Culture
  • ENG-272: Intro to Lit: Culture
  • ENG-333: 19th Century Literature in English (except American)