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Animal Forms: poetry and the non-human

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
William May
Academic year

Module overview

What can animals teach us about the human and non-human? What do the creative forms we use to describe them show us about human form and the other? In this module, you will read a range of poetic and critical material which explores the porous boundaries between person, pet, and predator, and consider animals from the domestic cat to charismatic megafauna. Your journey will take you from ecocriticism and bioethics to circuses, zoos, and the wilderness. The module will include a range of poetry, from Anglo-Saxon riddles to nonsense poetry, and also give you the opportunity to write your own. Over the course of the module, the range of critical, human, and animal encounters aims to reshape the way we consider language, being, and our relationship with the world.