Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG415H1F L0101

ENG415H1F  L0101   T10-12
Advanced Studies Group 1: Critical Animal Studies
Instructor:
Prof. S. Salih
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 832
Email:
sara.salih@utoronto.ca  

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:
J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals
Matthew Calarco, The Question of the Animal
Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow)
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Cary Wolfe, Zoontologies
Timothy Treadwell, Among Grizzlies
Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man
Cass Sunstein, Martha Nussbaum, Animal Rights

First Three Authors/Texts: Coetzee, Calarco, Derrida.

Method of Evaluation: Seminar, discussion.

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