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AMST 723 01 (22156) /ENGL433/AMST344/ENGL833
The Nonhuman in Literature and Culture since 1800
Wai Chee Dimock
W 1.30-3.20 LC 319
Spring 2016 
 
Nonhuman life forms in fiction and poetry from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, including plants and animals, "legal persons" such as corporations, large-scale phenomena such as the market and the Internet, war and environmental catastrophes, as well as intelligent machines and extraterrestrial aliens. Authors include Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Erdrich, Richard Powers, Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Dave Eggers. Theorists include Giorgio Agamben, Jane Bennett, Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, N. Katherine Hayles, Fredric Jameson, Brian Massumi, Timothy Morton.