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Thinking Animals: An Introduction to Animal Studies
COL 130
Fall 2009
Section: 01  

The question of "the animal" has become a recent focus across the disciplines, extending debates over identity and difference to our so-called "nonspeaking" others. This course will examine a range of theories and representations of the animal to examine how human identity and its various gendered, classed, and racial manifestations have been conceived of through and against notions of animality, as well as how such conceptions have affected human-animal relations and practices such as pet-keeping and zoos. We will seek to understand the desire to tame or objectify animals as well as evidence of a contrasting desire that they remain guardians of inaccessible experience and knowledge. Readings may include Darwin, Poe, Kafka, Mann, Woolf, Coetzee, and Hearne.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Writing & Reading
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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