Dr Louise Noble

Adjunct Senior Lecturer - School of Arts

Louise Noble


Dr. Louise Noble joined the School of Arts in July 2002.  She has a BA (Hons.), MA and PhD from Queen's University, Canada.


BA (Hons.) MA and PhD

Teaching Areas

Louise teaches Early Modern English Literature.

Prospective Honours and Post-graduate Projects

Louise welcomes Honours and Post-graduate students interested in working in the areas of  early modern literature, culture, and medicine; literature and the environment.

She is the contact person for prospective postgraduate students interested in working on the theme: Water Stories.   This theme is a research component of the UNE Water Research and Innovation Network (WRaIN).

Research Interests

Louise's research area is early modern English literature and culture with a focus on the way in which literature intersects with medical and religious constructions of the body and discourses of cannibalism. More recently she has been working on the relationship between literature, culture and the natural world both in early modern England and in post eighteenth-century Australia. Specifically she is interested in how different representational forms, such as literature, music and art, shape cultural memories of water and what we can learn from this for the future.

She is presently working on a book on water management in sixteenth and seventeenth-century rural England and its ideological and metaphorical constructs.

Research Groups

Louise is a member of the UNE WRaIN Group, and the UNE Environmental Humanities Research Network.



Louise Noble, Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English  Literature and Culture.  Early Modern Cultural Studies Series.  New  York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Louise Noble, “A Mythography of Water: Hydraulic Engineering and the Imagination.” Palgrave Handbook of Literature, Science and Culture. Eds. Lyn Tribble and Howard Marchitello. London: Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming 2016.

Louise Noble, "'Bare and desolate now'": Cultural Ecology and 'The Description of Cookham.'" Eco-Approaches to Reading and Teaching English Texts: 1580-1680. Eds. Lynne Bruckner, Jennifer Munroe and Edward Geisweidt. Burlington: Ashgate Press. August, 2015.

Louise Noble, "Wilton House and the Art of Floating Meadows." The Intellectual Culture of the English Country House, 1500-1700. Eds. Margaret Healy, Matthew Dimmock and Andrew Hadfield. Manchester: Manchester University Press. August, 2015.

Louise Noble, "'I made you eat your parents!': South Park and Literary History". Deconstructing South Park: Critical Examinations of Animated Transgression eds. Marc Leverette and Brian Cogan, U.S., Critical Studies in  Television Series. Lainham: Lexington Books, 2011.

Louise Noble, "'Is there no meat above?': the Story of Starvation, Cannibalism, Corpse Drugs and Divine Matter in The Sea Voyage." AUMLA, Special Issue: 'Cultural Interactions in the Old and New Worlds,' 2007, pp. 255-263.

Louise Noble, 'The Fille Vièrge as Pharmakon: the Therapeutic Value of Desdemona's Corpse.' Disease, Diagnosis and Cure on the Early Modern Stage: Praxis and Performance, Eds. Stephanie Moss and Kaara Petersen. Burlington: Ashgate Press, 2004.

Louise Noble, 'And make two pasties of your shameful heads': Medicinal Cannibalism and Healing the Body Politic in Titus Andronicus., ELH, Vol. 70, 2003, pp. 677-708. Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism, ed. Michelle Lee, vol 95 (Detroit: Gale 2006) 677-708.