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Animals loom large in human literature, just as they loom large in human lives, but can humans write or read the experience of other animals? Are animals in literature ever more than symbolic substitutes for humans, or more than the other against which the category of the human is defined? Literary Creatures will investigate literary representations of animals in texts as various as the book of Genesis, Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, Virginia Woolf's Flush and Jacques Derrida's essay about standing naked before his pet cat. It will critically investigate the Western philosophical literature that describes and defines and in some cases polices the human/non-human animal relationship. It will ask you to investigate the assumptions encoded by our lexicon - humans, humane, animal, brutal - and to think about how texts explore the subjectivity of humans and other animals in human language.
FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Prerequisites Enrolment in either AHA-Bachelor of Arts Honours or AHCA-Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours degrees.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Angels and Insects||Prescribed||A S Byatt||.|
|Readings||On Cats||Prescribed||Doris Lessing||N/A|
|Readings||The Companion Species Manifesto||Prescribed||Donna Haraway||N/A|
|Readings||The Complete Maus||Prescribed||Art Spiegelman||N/A|
|Readings||The Lives of Animals||Prescribed||J M Coetzee||N/A|
|Readings||The White Bone||Prescribed||Barbara Gowdy||N/A|
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