How do our ways of representing animals—in literature, the arts, philosophy, science, and religion—reflect human agendas? As figures in the stories we tell, animals are used to explain what makes us human, or to contend that some humans are superior to others. This course explores the interdisciplinary conversation surrounding “the animal” as the ultimate Other, not only as a means of demarcating the human, but as well a means of sustaining many of the “isms” pertaining to race, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, and creed that estrange us from each other.
Meet the Professor
I like to collaborate with colleagues and students across the humanities and sciences. I have active professional memberships in the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Society for Photographic Education. My interests range from taxidermy art to the Anthropocene. I'm currently working on a book about the challenges of representing the current mass extinction of species. How can we show what's disappearing?