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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 038 Animal Voices

Are human beings the only animals capable of language? That birds and beasts can talk is usually regarded as an artifact of myths, fiction, and fantasy. However, recent findings complicate previously accepted distinctions between human and nonhuman behavior and abilities. This course will consider both scientific and imaginative perspectives on "animal voices." Our readings will come from various disciplines and genres, including animal behavior, linguistics, ethics, medieval fables, graphic novels, and film.


Van Dyke