Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG414H1S L0101

ENG414H1S   L0101    M11-1
Advanced Studies Group 1: Critical Animal Studies
Professor Sara Salih

Office Telephone: 416 978 5771
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 832

Brief Description of Course: We will be reading philosophical, theoretical and literary texts, as well as discussing two autobiographical works and one film. The texts on this course are not uniquely or even primarily literary, and they vary widely in levels of ‘difficulty.’ We will discuss recent philosophical debates concerning e.g. animal rights, the meat industry, consumption, science, language, time, death, killing, biology, gender, race, anthropocentrism.

Required Reading: 
Books (available at University of Toronto Bookstore):
Carol Adams, The Sexual Politics of Meat; Matthew Calarco, Zoographies. The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida; J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace; J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals; Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow); Peter Singer, Animal Liberation.

Andre Bazin, ‘Death Every Afternoon.’ Cohen and Margulies Rites of Realism. Essays on Corporeal Cinema (Durham: Duke U.P., 2003); Kennan Ferguson, ‘I © MY DOG’ (online: Political Theory vol. 32, no.3, June 2004, pp.373-95); Susan Fraiman, ‘Pussy Panic vs Liking Animals. Tracking Gender in Animal Studies.’ Critical Inquiry 2012, 39.1, pp.89-115; Barbara Smuts, ‘Encounters with Animal Minds’ (online, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8: 5-7, 20001, pp.293)

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of Evaluation: TBA

Method of Evaluation: TBA

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