Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG414H1F L0101

ENG414H1F     L0101    T11-1
Advanced Studies Group 1: Critical Animal Studies
S. Salih
Office Telephone: 416 978 5771
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 832

Brief Description of Course:
During this course, we will be discussing questions of ‘the ‘animal’ and ‘the human’ through readings of philosophical, theoretical and literary texts, as well as one autobiography and one film. The texts on this course are not all uniquely or even primarily literary, and they vary widely in levels of ‘difficulty.’ While we will be analyzing representations of ‘the animal’ and ‘the human’ in fictional texts (e.g. Disgrace) it will be important for us to place these fictional constructions in the context of recent philosophical debates concerning e.g. animal rights, the meat industry, consumption, science, language, time, death, killing, biology, gender, race, anthropocentrism.

Required Reading: (Subject to availablity) J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals, J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace, Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow), Josephine Donovan and Carol J. Adams, The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics, Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals, Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man, Cass Sunstein, Martha Nussbaum, Animal Rights, Carey Wolfe, Animal Rites.

First Three Authors/Texts: Foer, Derrida, Wolfe.
Method of Evaluation: Seminar, discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Essay abstract and workshop (25+5 %); Research paper (50%); Participation (5%); Self-assessment exercise (15%)
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