Course Schedule

-The following schedule is a guideline for this course and is subject to change.

-Attendance at all lectures, seminar discussions, presentations, and film screenings is expected in this course. The various course components are intended to complement one another, but do not replace the other components of the course. You are responsible for material presented in lecture, seminars, films, and course readings.

-Please be sure to have completed the assigned reading prior to the class meeting for the week in which it is assigned.

-Students who want to get a good grade in VISA 3P98 should plan to spend an average of three hours per week (one hour for each hour of class time) outside of regularly scheduled class meetings on readings, seminar preparation, assignments and studying.

September 4: Course Introduction
Guest: Laurie Morrison, Liaison Librarian for Visual Arts

September 11: Picturing Animals: A Brief History – Part I
Assigned Reading: Sarah R. Cohen, “Chardin’s Fur: Painting, Materialism, and the Question of Animal Soul.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 38, no. 1 (Fall 2004): 39-61.
Discussion Leaders: Erin, Jillian

September 18: Picturing Animals: A Brief History – Part II
Assigned Reading: Diana Donald, “‘Beastly Sights’: The Treatment of Animals as a Moral Theme in Representations of London, C.1820-1850.” Art History 22, no. 4 (1999): 514-44.
Discussion Leaders: Liz, Sophie, Stacy
Book Presentations: Ashley (Rat), Rachel (Dog), Alexandra (Snake)
Guest: Dr. Barbara Seeber, Dept. of English Language & Literature, Brock University

September 25: Animals & Contemporary Art
Assigned Reading: Ron Broglio, “‘Living Flesh’: Animal-Human Surfaces.” Journal of Visual Culture 7, no. 1 (April 2008): 103-21.
Discussion Leaders: Amy, Krista, Kara
Book Presentations: Kate (Salmon), Shelby (Fly), Kerri (Whale)

October 2: A Fashion For Animals
Michelle Tolini, “‘Beetle Abominations’ and Birds on Bonnets: Zoological Fantasy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Dress.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 1, no. 1 (Spring 2002)
Discussion Leader: Rianna
Book Presentations: Kyla (Camel), Stacey (Bee), Jillian (Giraffe)

October 9: Special Guest, Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals
Recommended Reading: Martin Rowe, The Polar Bear in the Zoo (*note: this e-book costs $7.99)


October 23: Animals and Visual Culture in Science
Carol Freeman, “Imaging Extinction: Disclosure and Revision in Photographs of the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger).” Society & Animals 15, no. 3 (2007): 241-56.
Discussion Leaders: Matt, Alexandra, Kate
Book Presentations: Sarah (Horse), Sonya (Owl), Erin (Cow)

October 30: Animals in Film
Derek Bousé, “False Intimacy: Close-Ups and Viewer Involvement in Wildlife Films.” Visual Studies 18, no. 2 (October 2003): 123-32.
Discussion Leaders: Sarah, Sonya, Ashley
Book Presentations: Rianna (Peacock), Matt (Rhinoceros), Sophie (Penguin)

November 6: Animals and Anti-Modernism
Assigned Reading: Matthew Brower, “Trophy Shots: Early North American Photographs of Nonhuman Animals and the Display of Masculine Prowess.” Society and Animals 13, no. 1 (2005): 13-31.
Discussion Leaders: Shelby, Kerri, Rachel
Book Presentations: Kara (Crow), Liz (Elephant), Krista, Amy (Hare)

November 13

November 20

November 27