Mary Sanders Pollock

Mary Sanders Pollock

Nell Carlton Professor of English

Dr. Pollock has a wide variety of interests including literature, writing about nature and gender studies.

  • Ph.D., English, University of Texas


Course Sampling

  • Nature Writing and Ecocriticism
  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Gender Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Science and nature writing
  • Gender in film
  • Victorian literature


Professor Pollock's current project is a new biography of Gerald Durrell, a prolific writer of travel narratives and encounters with endangered animals. This project aligns with her continuing interest in English literature, environmental issues and nature writing. She is a recipient of the Hand Award for Scholarship and past occupant of the Nell Carlton Chair in English.


  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Animal Studies
  • Environmental literature and ecocriticism


  • Storytelling Apes: Primatology Narratives Past and Future (Penn State University Animalibus series, 2015)
  • Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation, co-edited with Abigail Blum (Cambria 2011)
  • Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Popular Culture, co-edited with Catherine Rainwater (Palgrave, 2005)
  • Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning: A Creative Partnership (Ashgate, 2003)