COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Fall 2022, Section 002 - Reading and Writing with Animals
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

What is the difference between animal and human? What do we mean when we use these words? 

In this time of ecological catastrophe, our relationships with our animal and plant companions, and the earth and its various ecosystems more broadly, demands a critical re-examination. Importantly, this ecological catastrophe is enacted not only against our more-than-human companions and the natural world - which we often understand as our property - but also particularly harms those ‘humans’ who are already most marginalized and vulnerable socially and economically. Those humans who are already de-humanized, or animalized/othered in our current political, economic and social systems.

Yet, we often consider these terms to be stable or obvious; we know the meaning of the words animal and human, and we understand the difference or divide between them. We also often consider these meanings to be common sense or rooted in a shared understanding. This class aims to unsettle these terms and their meanings as to open space for new modes of reading, thinking and analysis about our relationships with the human and the more-than human, within this context of catastrophe. In this class, we will explore various written and visual texts that invite us to rethink the terms of animal and human, and their implications for our reading, thinking and writing. We will read and engage with writers and artists from various geographies, working in different mediums and genres, including Franz Kafka, J. M. Coetzee, Octavia Butler, Frantz Fanon, and others.

Course Requirements:

Students will complete three major assignments - a close reading essay, a comparative analysis, and a final research project (this may be a written essay or in a different medium). In addition, students will participate in short weekly reading responses, class discussions, peer review workshops, and individual meetings with the instructor. Grading will be labor based in agreement with the students at the beginning of the semester. This agreement will detail the labor required for the students to receive their desired grades. Final grades will be assigned based on the work the student completes. 

Intended Audience:

This class is intended for first- and second-year students, but it is open to any undergraduate, regardless of area of study or year.

Schedule

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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