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ENGL 4956 ATS: Animal Worlds in the Middle Ages (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the troubled boundaries between human and non-human subjects and objects in the Middle Ages. Animals provided rich symbolism for human virtues, vices, and activities, often at the cost of any subjectivity or voice, but categories distinguishing humans from animals frequently blurred or broke down, creating both crises of human identity and anomalous animal voices; we will be on the lookout for “animals” who talk or bite back. We will read a variety of medieval genres alongside works in the emerging field of Critical Animal Studies to explore the ways in which humans and animals create one another.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robert Stanton

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement


Last Updated: 24-Feb-15