Gender and Species

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Course Number



M. Wright

Course Long Title

Gender and Species

Cross Listed Courses


Grappling with gender and species at once, this course considers two concepts that have enforced binary thinking about what defines and divides human life. Reaching back to medieval and early modern literature, students examine representations that push against received formulations of man/woman and human/animal. How have categories of gender and species reinforced one another in figurations of living bodies and their experiences? Can we liberate our reading from either of these binaries? What are the promises of such a liberation? Readings include theoretical interventions from animal studies, posthumanism, queer and transgender theory, and ecofeminism. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level English course.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

Writing Credit


Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(English: Pre-1800)

INDS Program Relationship

IDGS - GSS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years