Animal Studies, Spring 2020

What is an animal? How should animals be treated?

These critical questions are addressed in English 376: Literature and Animal Studies, the heart of the Animal Studies Constellation. Prof. Ortiz-Robles guides students on an exploration of literature—as well as other cultural representations, such as zoos, Broadway musicals, television shows, and animal films—to help them better understand the animal-human relationship.

This is a Constellations class!

As part of the Constellations program, students in this class benefit from high-impact learning experiences, including interactions with guest scholars and access to special events. For spring 2020, this will include field trips, interactions with guest scholars, and access to special events. Stay tuned for our special Earth Day event!

ENGLISH 376: Literature and Animal Studies

Class Number: 35687
Lecture: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
3 Credits
Requisites: Sophomore Standing
Course Designation: Breadth – Literature
Level: Intermediate
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Option to satisfy the pre-med intensive writing requirement

Mario Ortiz-Robles is a Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities and leader in the emerging field of animal studies. His home department is English, but his wide-ranging intellectual interests have allowed him to forge strong connections across the UW-Madison campus. His Constellation aspires to build off the success of his Borghesi-Mellon workshop in Animal Studies and create a hub for scholarship and research focused on representation, rights, and animal-human relations. Prof. Ortiz-Robles has an extensive publication record that includes his book Literature and Animal Studies, which asks “Why do animals talk in literature?”