AS306 The Literary Animal: Raising Consciousness Through Fiction
Literature provides insight into human attitudes toward nonhuman animals. It also uses nonhumans as a means of examining and understanding what it means to be human. Literature also can provide a lens through which human animals may learn more about their nonhuman neighbors, offering insights into their biology, behavior, and culture, as well as the difficulties animals face in ever-changing habitats. Animal literature can raise consciousness about animals and encourage both empathy towards and activism for nonhumans. 3 credits
Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of animal depiction in the arts, particularly literature
- Identify and explain the variety of techniques used to depict The Literary Animal: Raising Consciousness Through Fiction and their effects on audience
- Analyze the contribution of the arts to progress on animal welfare and rights
(Subject to Change)
- Raising Consciousness
- Boundaries Broken: Animism and Shapeshifting
- Animal Biography and Auto-Biography
- Allegory and Satire from Animism to Medvei: The Narrative Voice.
- “Animal Fantasy.”Voices of the Least Loved
- Animal Fantasy: The Threatened Among Us.
- Animal Detectives and Storytellers: Seeing with other Eyes, Living in Other Worlds
(Subject to Change)
- Quinn, Daniel (1995). Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit. Bantam.
- Gerstein, Mordicai. (2005). The Old Country Roaring. Brook Press.
- Sewell, Anna. ( 2002). Black Beauty. Signet Classics.
- Wolf, Virginia. (1976). Flush. Mariner Books.
- Gonzales, Laurance. (2010). Lucy: A Novel. Vintage.
- Harrington, Donald. (2004). The Cockroaches of Stay More. Toby Press.
- Popham, Melinda Worth. (2001). Skywater. Universe.
- Gowdy, Barbara. (2000). The White Bone. Picador.
- Vaughan, Brian K. (2006). Pride of Baghdad. Art by Niko Henrichon. VERTIGO.