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CLAS 2280 Beast Literature (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

From Mother Goose’s fairy tales to lolcats, we imagine animals often speaking as we do. But what are we saying when we use animals to talk with and about one another? And what does literature featuring articulate animals say about our attitudes towards humans, animals, and the lines we draw between them? This course explores “beast literature” in its various forms (fable, comedy, the novel, epic, debate poetry, etc), examining its incarnations through ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, and the modern world.


Instructor(s): POLT

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2202

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Last Updated: 20-Jan-17