WGSS 348
Women, Men and Other Animals Spring 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTH 348 / ENGL 348 / SCST 348 / WGSS 348
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In this seminar, we will together learn to be “animal critics.” We will explore ways in which human groups and interests, particularly in the United States, have both attached and divorced themselves from other animals, considering such axes as gender, race, ability, and sexuality as key definitional foils for human engagements with animality. What are the “uses” of “animals” for “us,” and precisely who is this “us”? How and when are some willing to see themselves as animal–indeed, under what political conditions do they embrace it? What is the history of unique, often asymmetric, interdependencies between human animals and nonhuman animals? How do actual lives of humans and non-human animals merge and clash with the rhetorics and visualities of human animality? We will examine both “everyday” animality and the forms of animality that stand out only today in retrospect, in their exceptionality, or upon reflecting on structures of privilege. We will build a critical animal studies vocabulary from a range of readings in science, philosophy, art, feminism, indigenous studies, critical race, geography, fiction, film, rhetoric, history, activist movements, disability studies, postcolonial studies, and examine both visual and narrative cultural production.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3446
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: individual research project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Art History majors, English majors, Environmental Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 348 Division II ENGL 348 Division II SCST 348 Division II WGSS 348 Division II
DPE Notes: Human/animal intersections are analysed with special attention to axes of gender, race, ability and sexuality.

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