• Course Number: ENGL 165HN
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    May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.

  • Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
  • Quarter: Winter 2018

This small seminar looks at ways of understanding relations among human and non-human beings, with reference to concepts from environmental ethics. Confused interrelations among human and non-human, living and non-living, organic and inorganic entities — beings, systems, and bodies as strange hybrids — have become paradigmatic in contemporary ecophilosophical projects from Deleuze and Guattari’s assemblages to the plural agents of Actor-Network Theory to Timothy Morton’s ‘mesh’ to holobionts and superorganisms. Yet as far back as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, writers of speculative fiction have been thinking across the boundaries between species for a long time. We’ll read a few poems and four novels together: LeGuin’s science-fiction The Word for World is Forest; Bacigalupi’s dystopian biopunk The Wind-Up Girl; Sinha’s magical-realist Animal’s People (about the Bhopal disaster); and When the Killing’s Done, T. C. Boyle’s fictionalization of debates and activism around habitat restoration projects that took place just offshore from us on the Santa Barbara Channel Islands a decade and a half ago.

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