Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG480H1F - L0201

ENG480H1F L0201  M1-3 
Human/Post-human/Animal
Professor Sara Salih

Brief Description of Course:
What would be the effects within cultural studies, critical theory, and literary studies of theorizing the nonhuman animal as a subject category that is not separate from other subject categories? 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: 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); Emmanuel Levinas, ‘The Name of a Dog, or Natural Rights’ (in Difficult Freedom. Essays on Judaism); Susan Fraiman, ‘Pussy Panic vs Liking Animals. Tracking Gender in Animal Studies.’ (online: 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: Ferguson, Levinas, Singer.

Method of Evaluation: Essay abstract and workshop (25+5%), research paper (45%), In-class reflection (15%), participation (10%).

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