Semester One 2012
From Bambi to Kong: The Animal in American Popular Culture
This course provides an introduction to human-animal studies through an analysis of cinematic representations of animals and the environment across horror and science fiction genres, animation, comedy and documentary.
This course examines the influence of environmental, indigenous, African-American and gender politics on American popular cultural representations of animals and nature. Topics include the representation of human-animal relationships in cinema and television (in particular, horror and science fiction genres); images of whales in literature, the environmental movement and eco-tourism; dinosaur iconography; primatology in popular culture; and cultural practices such as hunting, pet-keeping, factory farming, and zoos.
• to trace the influence of competing ideas and narratives about nature and animals, and the human relationship with nature and animals, in a range of past and contemporary popular cultural genres, with a special focus on horror, science fiction and fantasy film;
• to analyze the ways in which popular representations of the ‘natural’, the ‘animal’ and the ‘human’ shift in relation to specific historical periods, cultural and economic events; are constructed in particularly gendered and racialized ways (and in opposition to ideas about ‘culture’); and are variously represented in political discourses (e.g. environmental, feminist etc);
• to survey the impact upon popular cultural representations of social movements (e.g. the environmental movement) that seek to redefine the relationship between humans and nature, and humans and animals
Either 15 points of ENGL at 100-level with a B pass, or 30 points of ENGL at 100-level, or any 45 points from the Arts Schedule
Essay 1 (2000 words)
Essay 2 (2000 words)
ENGL 243 Course Reader;
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Humanities.
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Semester One 2012