Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG480H1F - L0101

ENG480H1F L0101  M1-3 
Professor Sara Salih
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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. ‘the human’ and ‘the animal’, 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.

Articles: 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: Thesis outline (5%); essay abstract (25%); abstract workshop (5%); mid-term essay (40%); in-class reflection (15%); participation (10%).

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