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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2006

AMS 390 • Animals, Culture, Society, and History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28660 W
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
GAR 301

Course Description

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar explores the centralif hitherto unrecognizedrole that animals have played in shaping the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political history of the United States. Topics of discussion include animals in entertainment; hunting; vegetarianism; changing cultural attitudes about nature; wandering animals and property rights; animals and evolutionary theory; the rise of the animal welfare and animal rights movements; laboring animals and the nation's move to a motorized economy; animals and war; the growth of pet keeping as a cultural practice and big business; factory farms; the rise of veterinary science; zoos; and more.


TENTATIVE Reading List (will be modified): Nigel Rothfels, ed., Representing Animals Virginia Anderson, Creatures of Empire Mark Kurlansky, Cod Jon Coleman, Vicious James Turner, Reckoning with the Beast Steve Baker, The Postmodern Animal Susan Jones, Valuing Animals: Veterinarians and Their Patients in Modern America Yi-Fu Tuan, Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets Matthew Scully, Dominion Peter Singer, Animal Liberation Gregg Mitman, Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film Elizabeth Hanson, Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos


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