ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Winter 2018, Section 002 - Animals in Literature and Culture
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This line is widely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, drawn apparently from his talks on vegetarianism (not verified). No course on animals should avoid dealing with animal rights, but this is not an animal rights course or a class about dietary health. Rather, we will explore the pervasive and wide-ranging roles animals have played in the literary imagination, in scientific experimentation, and in other aspects of culture. While we will examine the symbolic significance of animals, you will be encouraged to consider through research their actual lives and our interactions with them. What does an animal signify in a particular context, in a given culture? In what ways have literary and cultural texts intervened in debates about slavery, racism, vivisection, ecology, environmentalism, evolution, religion, myth, mourning, and other areas where the lives of animals seem inseparable from our own lives? The texts for the course will present animals from a range of perspectives, some of which will require interdisciplinary approaches. We should learn more not only about them but also about ourselves.

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Assignments include short essays and a final research paper.


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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