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Module Reading List

Exploring Contemporary Issues, 2019/20, Semester 1
Catherine Bates
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1. Environmental Humanities – Troubling the animal/human binary

Primary reading and viewing

Kafka, F. ‘A Report for an Academy’ trans. by Ian Johnston [online] Accessed from:  

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:

Chernilo, D. 2017. The question of the human in the Anthropocene debate. European journal of social theory. ISSN: 1368-4310. 20 (1). pp. 44-6.    

Secrets of a Living Our Living Planet. The Emerald Band. 23rd March 2013. Adam White. Available on Box of Broadcasts.  

Further reading and viewing

Alaimo, S., 2016. Exposed : environmental politics and pleasures in posthuman times ISBN: 9780816621958 hardback; 9780816628384 paperback; 9781452952192 ebook. University of Minnesota Press. 

Favre, D.S. ‘Living Property: A New Status for Animals within the Legal System’ 93 Marquette Law Review ISSN: 0025-3987. 1021 (2009-2010). Available online:  

Johnston, J and Probyn-Rapsey, F. 2013. Animal death ISBN: 9781743325247 (electronic bk.); 174332524X (electronic bk.); 9781743320235; 174332023X; 9781743320242; 1743320248; 9781743323700; 1743323700. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

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

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, ‘The Moral Status of Animals’

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2. Posthumanism – troubling the human/technology binary

Primary reading and viewing

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

Selection of episodes of the Digital Human - to be confirmed on the VLE.

Core theoretical reading 1

Nayar, P. 2014. Posthumanism ISBN: 9780745662411 (pbk.) : £15.99; 9780745662404 (hbk.) : £55.00. London: Polity. Core focus on Chapter 1 'Revisiting the Human: Critical Humanisms'. pp. 1-34.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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.    

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

Carts of Darkness [film available online via Canadian NFB see VLE].. 2008. Murray Siple. dir. Canadian National Film Board.

Core reading

Anzaldúa, Gloria E. 2012. Borderlands. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. Essential reading: Chapter 7. Towards a New Consciousness.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 13/08/2018) 

Bauman, Zygmunt. 2003. Wasted lives : modernity and its outcasts. Cambridge: Polity Press. Essential reading: Chapter 1. In the beginning was the design.    

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 10/10/2018