The Nonhuman in Literature since 1800

Nonhuman life forms in fiction and poetry from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, including plants and animals, intelligent machines and extraterrestrial aliens, and “legal persons” such as industries and railroads.  The complexity and variety of nonhuman ecologies.

Texts:

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Norton)

Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest

Frank Norris, The Octopus

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

Louise Erdrich, Original Fire

Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Octavia Butler, Dawn

Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2

Dave Eggers, The Circle

Jan   13    INTRODUCTION

THE NATURAL WORLD

Jan.   15   Melville, Moby-Dick

20    Melville, Moby-Dick

         22    Melville, Moby-Dick

27    Melville, Moby-Dick

29    Melville, Moby-Dick

Feb    3     Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest

5     Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest

INDUSTRIALIZATION

10    Frank Norris, The Octopus

12    Frank Norris, The Octopus

         17    Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

19    Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

NATIVES

24    Louise Erdrich, Original Fire

         26    Louise Erdrich, Original Fire

Mar     3   Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

5   Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

ALIENS

24   Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

26   Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

31   Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

April   2    Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

7   Octavia Butler, Dawn

9   Octavia Butler, Dawn

THE DIGITAL

14   Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2

16   Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2

21   Dave Eggers, The Circle

23   Dave Eggers, The Circle

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

*  Class presentation, 5-10 minutes (please email the outline to Prof. Dimock the night before)

*  Short essay, 5 pp

(Outline due: Feb 10.    Paper due: Feb. 17)

*  Long essay, 10-15 pp

(Outline due: April 2.    Paper due: April 23)

*  Students taking the seminar to fulfill a pre-1900 requirement must write the long essay on pre-1900 authors.

 

 

 

 

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