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Module Reading List

Exploring Contemporary Issues, 2021/22, 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 Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

 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. 

Bishop, Rebecca; Potts, Annie (Editor), Some other kind of being: Human nature and animal subjects in ape language research  Feminism & Psychology, August 2010, Vol.20(3), pp.350-364. Available online.

Bonneuil, C. and Fressoz, J-B. 2016. The shock of the Anthropocene: the earth, history and us. Brooklyn, NY: Verso.

 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:      

Heise, U, Christensen, J and Niemann, M (eds), 2017. The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities. London; New York: Routledge.

 Inoue, C. 2018. Worlding the study of global environmental politics in the anthropocene: indigenous voices from the Amazon. Global Environmental Politics. 18 (4), pp. 25-42.

Jeong, Seung-Hoon, A GLOBAL CINEMATIC ZONE OF ANIMAL AND TECHNOLOGY  Angelaki: We have never been human: from techne to animality, 01 March 2013, Vol.18(1), pp.139-157   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.

Martin, P, Bigdeli, S, Daya-Winterbottom, T, Du Plessis, W and Kennedy, A (eds). 2017. The search for environmental justice. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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

Peterson, Christopher. 2017. Monkey Trouble the Scandal of Posthumanism. New York: Fordham University Press. Available online.

Rowlands, M. 2019. Can animals be persons? New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Ryan, Derek. 2015. Animal theory : a critical introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Available online.

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

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

Snowdon, Paul. 2017. Persons, animals, ourselves. Oxford: Oxford 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   Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

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

Core theoretical reading 1

Nayar, P. 2014. Posthumanism. 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

Angus, Tim; Cook, Ian; Evans, James. A Manifesto for Cyborg Pedagogy?  International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 01 April 2001, Vol.10(2), pp.195-201.  Available online.

Bodley, Antonie. 2015.The android and our cyborg selves: What androids will teach us about being (post)human. Thesis. Available online.

Foster, Thomas. 2005. The souls of cyberfolk: posthumanism as vernacular theory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Gane, Nicholas. When We Have Never Been Human, What Is to Be Done?: Interview with Donna Haraway Theory, Culture & Society, December 2006, Vol.23(7-8), pp.135-158. 

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

Griffin, Gabriele, 2017 cyborg (manifesto), A Dictionary of Gender Studies.   Available online

Haraway, Donna Jeanne, 2016, Manifestly Haraway Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Hauskeller, M, Philbeck, T, Carbonell, C. (eds). 2015. The Palgrave handbook of posthumanism in film and television. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Herbrechter, Stefan. 2013. Posthumanism: a critical analysis. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

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

Kirkup, Gill. 2000. The gendered cyborg : a reader. London; New York: Routledge in association with the Open University. Available online.

Luke, Timothy,  Power and politics in hyperreality: The critical project of Jean Baudrillard  The Social science journal (Fort Collins), 01 September 1991, Vol.28(3), pp.347-367.

Røyrvik, Emil André; Brodersen, Marianne Blom, 2012, Real Virtuality: Power and Simulation in the Age of Neoliberal Crisis  Open Access

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

Sofoulis, Zoë, 2015. The Cyborg, its Manifesto and their relevance today: Some reflections,  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Available online.

Weiss, Martin, Reality, Simulation and Hyperreality: An Essay on Baudrillard  The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, July 2011, 8(2)  Available online

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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.      Available online

Further reading

Chamberlain, Chris, Johnson, Guy,  From long-term homelessness to stable housing: investigating 'liminality'Housing Studies, 17 November 2018, Vol.33(8), pp.1246-1263.  Available online.

Creaser, Wanda, Crossing Multicultural Borders: Students, Faculty, and Difference in the University Classroom CEA forum (1970), 2010, Vol.39(1), p.1. Available online.

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

Hernández, Ellie. Re-Thinking Margins and Borders: An Interview with Gloria Anzaldúa Discourse, Fall 1995/Winter 1996, Vol.18(1/2), pp.7-15,208.

Huang, Wei-Jue ; Xiao, Honggen ; Wang, Sha, Airports as liminal space Annals of Tourism Research, May 2018, Vol.70, pp.1-13. Available online.

Mayer, Evelyn P. Beyond Border Binaries: Borderlines, Borderlands, and In-Betweenness in Thomas King's short story "Borders" International Journal of Canadian Studies, Spring, 2011, Vol.43, p.67(16). Available online.

Marie-Christine, Fourny. The border as liminal spaceRevue de géographie alpine, 01 April 2014, Vol.101(2). Available online.

Meena, Krishnendra (Editor), Border theory and Globalization: Perspectives from the South International Studies, January 2013, 50(1-2), pp.1-15   Available online.

Pereira Savi, Melina. How borders come to matter? the physicality of the border in gloria anzaldúa’s borderlands/la frontera Anuário de literatura: Publicaçao do Curso de Pós-Graduaçao em Letras, Literatura Brasileira e Teoria Literária, 2015, Vol.20(2), pp.181-191. 

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

Stirrup, David ; Roberts, Gillian, Introduction to the ARCS Special Issue on Culture and the Canada-US Border American Review of Canadian Studies: Culture and the Canada-US Border, 04 August 2010, 40(3), pp.321-325.  Available online

This list was last updated on 05/09/2021