The final quarter of Animal/Culture investigates how humans are entangled with animals from beginning to end, from earliest childhood into the contemplation of environmental collapse.
Students will be introduced to interpretive frameworks like ecological criticism and queer studies as lecturing faculty explore the role of animals in the cultural imaginary of the anthropocene. We will discuss the uncanny and monstrous aspects of animals in modernity by examining animated films, blockbuster movies, children’s literature, comics, fan fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and wildlife documentaries. We will learn how interdisciplinary and creative practitioners work with animals to investigate hybridity, mutation, trans-species cognition, and the possibility of coexistence. Drawing on the many writing and research skills they have learned over the course of the year, students will produce a capstone research project centered on their own interests in the study of Animal/Culture and will communicate their findings in multiple modes and to academic, professional, and public audiences.