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Fall 2012
Mar 24, 2018
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WILD KINGDOM: EXPLORING ANIMAL LITERATURE~ “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms,” said English novelist George Eliot. Perhaps this is why it is rare to find a person who doesn’t have a passion for some type of animal whether it flies with wings, thunders on four feet through jungles, or swims through the earth’s waters. Why do animals engage us so? Why are some of us drawn to dogs and repelled by snakes? What do we really know about a particular animal’s habitat or habits, its domestication or domicile? How does such knowledge affect us as we share the earth and its dwindling resoucres with them? As a community of learners, we will critically wrestle with these issues and more while moving through a survey of animal literature, including contemporary works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and film. Through our readings, discussions, and writing, we will seek greater understanding of the animal world from multiple perspectives—including historical, aesthetic, and the personal –while we also examine some of the tough ethical issues. During this course, all students will be expected to participate in one or more formal oral presentation and write three formal essays as well as a multi-sourced, 8-10 page research paper. Also listed as FSEM 10070.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

First-Year Seminar Department

Course Attributes:
First-Year Appropriate

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