C Lit 35: HumAnimality

Science Fiction & the Question of the Animal (M13)

Course Description & Syllabus

Description: What does it mean to be human? How might humankind be changed by communications with other species? How might we change the world if we could imagine sharing it … Continue reading


Week 1

The UCSB General Catalog lists Comparative Literature 35 as a course which considers “the making of the modern world.” During Week 1, this course, which utilizes works of science fiction … Continue reading

July 29, 2013

Week 2

During Week 2, we will consider the juxtaposition of human and animal lives and ask whether science fiction upholds a strict opposition between humanity and animality. In the texts we are reading for … Continue reading

July 29, 2013

Week 3

During Week 3, we will consider the problems of anthropocentrism and anthropomorphism. How can animals hold their own places and voices in a world dominated by humans? How do human attempts to … Continue reading

July 29, 2013

Week 4

During Week 4, science fiction is becoming science fact as we discuss the intersections of biology with technology. We will consider the ways in which science fiction imagines the triangle … Continue reading

July 29, 2013

Week 5

During Week 5, we will begin to explore posthumanism. While posthumanism offers interesting critiques of humanism, it perhaps moves too quickly toward an after-human world. What are the consequences–both productive and … Continue reading

July 29, 2013

Week 6

During Week 6, we will re-evaluate the questions we have asked in previous weeks. Keeping in mind our discussions, readings and projects, how do we differently imagine the world of (non)human animals? … Continue reading

July 29, 2013