Animal Fiction

Course Number: ENGL 128AF
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit provided letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 128AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2018
Instructor: Samolsky, Russell
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Location: SH 2635

Engaging our moment of climate crisis and the ongoing extinction of large numbers of animal species, this course examines the place and plight of animals in contemporary literature. Opening with an examination of our current philosophical discourse on the lives of animals, the class begins with the question of a possible relation between the industrialized slaughter of animals and human genocide. After taking up a number of crucial philosophical and poetical questions brought to the fore by the recent turn to animal studies, the class proceeds to more specific and personal engagements with a cat and the sacred; a woman’s confrontation of self and mourning through the life of a hawk; the poignant love between a man and a dog in the face of death; ecology and the killing of animals on the Chanel Islands; race, gender, and the lives of animals in post-apartheid South Africa, and the interwoven fate of a family and dogs in the face of an oncoming hurricane in the American South.