Animals, Poets, Philosophers
This seminar surveys the myriad ways in which animals figure in human imagination. We explore the social and political implications of this figuration and its place in human imagination. What does the animal mean to the human? What kinds of relations with them are legitimate or illegitimate? How does the animal’s consciousness figure in human thought? Where do animals stand vis-a-vis human social and cultural universes? Addressing these questions, we will work with ancient epics and contemporary novels, philosophical treatises, films and historical accounts of mass destruction.