University of Mississippi

Karen Raber

Department of English
Bondurant C-135, Box 1848
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

Karen Raber is Professor of English, and works primarily on Renaissance and early modern ecocriticism and animal studies. Her work arises directly out of the circumstances and interests of her non-academic life—she is an avid horsewoman, competing at the FEI levels in dressage, and she keeps her horses at home along with a dog, six cats, and whatever wildlife has decided to move in for the season.  She has coedited two volumes of essays in the field, one with Treva J. Tucker called The Culture of the Horse:  Status, Discipline and Identity in the Early Modern World  (2005), and the other with Ivo Kamps and Thomas Hallock called Early Modern Ecocriticism: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare (2009).   She wrote the first retrospective essay on Renaissance Ecocriticism for English Literary Renaissance (2007) and is the author of several articles and book chapters on related subjects.  Most recently she has completed a monograph on the problems raised for Renaissance writers and thinkers trying to establish boundaries between animal and human by the shared fact of embodiment: Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture is under review for publication at the University of Pennsylvania Press.

The courses Karen Raber teaches for ENVS credit are ENG 447, Animals in Literature, and ENG 483, Renaissance Literature and the Environment.