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FYS504 - Crows and Ravens: Feathered Minds, Lettered Voices


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M. Wright

Course Long Title

Crows and Ravens: Feathered Minds, Lettered Voices


Crows and ravens abound in literature. From Aesop to Poe, these most uncanny members of the family Corvidae have enchanted and bewildered their human neighbors. This seminar uses cognitive ecology to approach the varied representations of crow and raven species in fiction and poetry. The course asks how human and corvid minds are seen to interact within specific environments, and what these interactions mean for both human and avian evolution. How have we adapted to life with crows and ravens, and vice versa? How does literature itself count as an element of the environments we share with these animals?

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

Writing Credit


Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors, 05