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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 379N • Animal Humanities in 19thC England and India

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34554 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 104
Bump, J

Course Description

We will explore the representation of animals in literature, focusing especially on the analogies between racism and cruelty to animals and between the Holocaust and commercial animal slaughter. The centerpiece of the course will be the documentary Earthlings. While most of our texts will be British or American, we will include some examples from other countries. For example, J. M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello discusses Africa and Australia, and we will discuss the apparent moral superiority of the Jain, Hindu, and Buddhist attitudes toward animals. Our course anthology will include selections from Blake, Hopkins, Darwin, Orwell, J. Frank Dobie, Alice Walker, and others.

Grading Policy

Grades. About 50% of the final grade will be determined by multimedia web projects (15% for each first draft--150 points each, 10% for each revision--100 points each), 14% by the portfolio (140 points); 36% by informal writing (360 points); and up to 24% by class participation (240 points). 1000 points (out of 1,200 or more) are required for an A-; 900 for a B-; 800 for a C-; 700 for a D-. Because more than 1200 points will be available, students can emphasize formal over informal writing or vice versa, class discussion more than the portfolio, etc. However, at the end of the course, students will receive exactly the grade recorded in the online gradebook, even if it is one point short of the next higher grade


Print Literacy: Required books consist of the course anthology*; Anna Sewell's Black Beauty; J. M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello; Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure; and Lester Faigley's The Little Penguin Handbook. *FOR THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT, students will need the course anthology, which is a collection of xeroxed materials from Jenn's, 2000 Guadalupe.

Digital Literacy: Because the "Five Characteristics of a Successful Student at U.T." include "Good computer skills" as well as "Strong writing skills," students will be expected to check their email frequently (maintaining the correct email address in the U.T. Direct system) along with the course Discussion Boards and Online Gradebook in Blackboard, all especially the day before class. Students will download pictures from our class web sites and use multimedia to fulfill all the writing requirements and ultimately collect everything on one portfolio web site. The portfolio will include some of the materials you uploaded to Facebook, where we will have a closed group "to help students develop a small community within the larger whole"(Carnegie's Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities ).


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