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Module Reading List

Exploring Contemporary Issues, 2017/18, Semester 1
Catherine Bates
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1. Environmental Humanities – Troubling the animal/human binary

Primary reading and viewing

Kafka, F. ‘A Reportfor anAcademy’ trans. by Ian Johnston [online] Accessed from:http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/kafka/reportforacademy.htm

Fowler, K. J. We are all completely beside ourselves. London: Serpent's Tail

Project Nim [DVD] . 2011. James Marsh. dir. London: BBC Films; Passion Pictures; Red Box Films

Theoretical reading

Core reading 1:

Anderson, E., 2004, “Animal Rights and the Values of Nonhuman Life,” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions , Sunstein, C. R. and Nussbaum, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Core reading 2:

Favre, D.S. ‘Living Property: A New Status for Animals within the Legal System’ 93 Marq. L. Rev. 1021 (2009-2010). Available online: http://alaw.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/Living-Property-Favre-21.pdf

Further reading

Nussbaum, M., 2006. Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership . Cambridge: The Belknap Press.

Singer, P., 1990, Animal Liberation , 2nd Edition, New York: New York Review.

–––, 1993, Practical Ethics , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Varner, G., 1998. In nature's interests? : interests, animal rights, and environmental ethics . New York: Oxford University Press.

Internet resources

The Nonhuman Rights Project http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, ‘The Moral Status of Animals’ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-animal/#Aca

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2. Posthumanism – troubling the human/technology binary

Primary reading and viewing

Atwood, M. 2003. Oryx and Crake . London: Bloomsbury.

Dick, Philip K. 2012. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. London: Phoenix.

Blade runner . 1982 Ridley Scott. dir. UK: Warner

Unmanned - America's drone wars [videorecording]. 2013 Robert Greenwald. dir.California: Brave New Films.

Core theoretical reading 1

Badmington, Neil. 2000. Introduction: Approaching Posthumanism in. Posthumanism . Basingstoke: Palgrave. pp. 1-10. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Haraway, Donna. 2000. A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century. In: Simians, cyborgs, and women : the reinvention of nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181. Available online

Further reading

Graham, Elaine L. 2002. Representations of the post/human : monsters, aliens and others in popular culture . Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Holmes, David. 1997. Virtual politics : identity and community in cyberspace . London: Sage.

Sheehan, J.J. and M. Sisna. Eds. 1991. The boundaries of humanity : humans, animals, machines . Berkeley: University of California Press.

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3. Border theory – examining borders constructed to define human/less than human

Primary texts

King, Thomas. 1990. ‘Borders’ in One good story, that one : stories . Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 131-145. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Waste Land [videorecording].. 2010. Lucy Walker. dir.London:Almega Projects and O2 Films.

Core reading

Anzaldúa, Gloria E. 2012. Borderlands. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.

Bauman, Zygmunt. 2003. Wasted lives : modernity and its outcasts . Cambridge: Polity Press.

Further reading

Hawkins, G. 2006. The ethics of waste : how we relate to rubbish .

Roberts, G and Stirrup, D. Parallel encounters : culture at the Canada-US border . Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

This list was last updated on 14/08/2015