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ENGL 1709 Living in the Material World (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

What are the humanistic principles that ground our understanding of the relationship of the human to the material world? Three units—human-matter, human—animal, human-machine—will introduce students to “New Materialisms,” that is, a range of disciplinary attempts to understand human embodiment in a world of matter. Students might read excerpts from philosophy, as well selections from the history of science. Literary texts will include novels like Robinson Crusoe and excerpts from poetry. Less familiar genres like the “It narrative” may also be included to help students think about the objects they use daily. We may also watch recent movies like Wall-e and Her.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions
For Freshmen Only


Last Updated: 12-May-16