English R1B

Reading and Composition: Eating Meat

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
14 Fall 2007 Charles Legere
TTh 12:30-2 101 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal

Michel de Montaigne, Essays

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore�s Dilemma

Wallace Stevens, The Palm at the End of the Mind

A course reader with works and excerpts from works by Wendell Berry, Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Ellison, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Hass, Sir Albert Howard, Claude Levi-Strauss, Herman Melville, Peter Singer, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman. "


A course on the literature of carnivory. In this class, we�ll look at essays, novels, and poems about culture and diet. We�ll explore concepts like taste, hunger, food chains, trophic levels, nutrition, predation, and domestication. You�ll write a close reading of a poem about the carbon cycle, a critical analysis of a work in prose, and, a research paper on the ethics of consumption. Ultimately, we�ll address the diner�s responsibility to the dined upon; and, at the end of the semester, we�ll hold a conference to present our findings to each other. This course is open, of course, to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

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