Animals And/As Technology

Fall 2017
Christina Colvin
ENGL 1102

To what extent do ideas and initiatives surrounding sustainability extend to nonhuman animals? How does sustainability apply to certain ideals about "nature" and "community" at the inclusion or exclusion of animal life? Who and what gets sustained, and according to what values? To answer these and related questions, this course will examine how video games, literature, and new media texts figure animals and their relationship to nature and technology. We will compare these representations to animals' role in contemporary American culture, particularly as regards biotechnology, sustainability initiatives, and agribusiness.

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