Animals and I

2190A [CRN: 15792]

A certain French body of thought – whose two structuring coordinates are no doubt Deleuze and Guattari’s Mille plateaux and Derrida’s L’animal que donc je suis – has framed contemporary discussions of the animal and animality in literature and critical theory. In this course we will read what constitutes the French “canon” of this still emerging field of study, examining its lines of argument and tension and its most productive sites of reading. Authors include Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida, Kofman, Lestel, Baratay, Bellour, Despret, Novarina, and Bailly – from whose latest title (via Ponge) this course borrows its own. In English.
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