Thinking Animals: An Introduction to Animal Studies|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies|
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.
Writing & Reading
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Darwin, Poe, Kafka, Mann, Woolf, Coetzee, Hearne
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Learning and Living Seminar
This First Year Seminar is part of Wesleyan's Learning and Living Program. Students who register for this class will live together in the same residence hall. Because students are living in close proximity to one another, intellectual discussions and collaborative learning will extend beyond the classroom. This arrangement facilitates group assignments and projects, and allows for the growth of a strong community of students through daily interaction. Strengthening students' intellectual and residential community enhances the undergraduate experience for Learning and Living seminar participants.
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