Animal/Nonhuman Workshop

University of Chicago

Month: September 2013

Protected: October 9, 2013: “Encounters in the Space of Death: Predator and Prey at Chavín” [reception to follow]

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Animal Studies Workshop Faculty Sponsors to Present at Chicago Humanities Festival

The Animal Studies Workshop’s first year as an official entity coincides with the Chicago Humanities Festival’s annual event, themed this year around the title “Animal: What Makes us Human.”

We’re proud that our faculty sponsors, Heather Keenleyside and Mark Payne, will be presenting this year.

The_Iambic_Animal_461x250 On November 3, Mark Payne will present “The Iambic Animal.” Tracing the poetic imagination from Aristophanes and Ovid to Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, Payne explores how verse has been used to communicate the experience of animal suffering, make analogies between human and animal societies, and imagine the human condition from an animal perspective.

Frankenstein_461x250On November 9, Heather Keenleyside will present “Frankenstein.” Mary Shelley’s novel is one of modernity’s central myths, a unique lens through which to understand the anxieties and aspirations of a rapidly changing civilization. In the wake of Frankenstein’s publication in 1818, what it meant to be human was no longer clear. To give us added perspective, Keenleyside frames the novel within the intellectual context of the Enlightenment and contemporary society’s approach to issues of monstrosity and animal embodiment.