Ideas of gender, sexuality, and identity have always informed projects of defining what is “human”. This course addresses various meanings of “animal” and “human” in representation and practice. The course uses films and texts to examine HumAnimal encounters in contemporary culture, to highlight the fragile boundary between “the human” and “the animal",and to discuss the power of these definitions. It focuses on how animals are active agents in seemingly human ideologies, subjectivities, and bodies, and emphasizes the “more-than-human” aspects of social worlds. Various theoretical perspectives are introduced to explore debates about gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, religion, technology, and species. Course instruction involves a series of obligatory on-campus seminars, as well as web-based activities.
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