Coleman, Deirdre. Professor

Robert Wallace Chair of English

University of Melbourne

Currently completing a book on the flycatcher Henry Smeathman (1742-1786) who collected in West Africa and the West Indies in the 1770s. This book sheds new light on natural history, collecting and slavery.

‘Menageries and Museums: John Simons’ The Tiger that Swallowed the Boy (2012) and the Lives and Afterlives of Historical Animals’, Animal Studies Journal, Australian Animal Studies Group, vol. 2, issue 1, no. 12 (2013); ‘Toothsome Termites and Grilled Grasshoppers: A cultural history of invertebrate gastronomy’, Animal Studies Journal, 5 (1), 2016, 1-22. Available at:
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