About the course

Welcome to Animals in Popular Culture and American Literature – the Fall 2010 English elective with both more bark and bite than all the rest.

Over the course of the semester, we will, as a class, explore the rules and boundaries of the human and animal worlds, as reported and recorded by some of America’s most celebrated literary scions. We’ll turn a critical, though not unkind, eye on our own reactions to critters around us, both large and small. And we’ll try and figure out why, despite science, logic, and perhaps even taste, films and novels with animals at their cores never fail to tug on the heartstrings of their human audiences.


One response to “About the course

  1. The other day when I was driving home from practice, I saw a dead cat on the side of the road. Someone had clearly hit it, and just left it there without a care. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought about how someone could do something so cruel. These types of things happen all the time. Innocent animals are killed for no purpose at all. Sometimes this makes me wonder if technology and the advancement of human society should be so important. Why does it matter that we have fancy cars and speedy internet? This makes me wonder if humans would be better off living in nature alone, without any aid from technology. If we lived at harmony with nature then things like road kill would never happen. I read an article about how humans have never really been without technology. The author considered things like tools we used to kill animals with as technology. However, in my opinion I consider technology to be the more recent inventions our race has created such as cars. This is because these machines actually pollute and affect the world to a great scale. I believe humans have done so much harm to the world, and technology is the main factor in that. Technology also promotes a lot of fighting and wars, that probably wouldn’t occur if we didn’t have so many weapons and things to fight over. That’s why sometimes I think we might better off going back to our cavemen days.


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