Intersession 2018: the happiness of the beasts

Is my cat happier than me? Despite assuming different forms, this seemingly banal question has haunted man for centuries, as it entails a troubling inquiry into the very idea of human civilization and its uncertain boundaries with nature and bestiality. The course explores this long-lasting issue by analyzing how the relationship between man and nature has been questioned by poets, filmmakers, and philosophers, from Homer to nowadays.

This course will be offered over intersession 2018 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m in Krieger 308. The course is instructed by Alberto Luca Zuliani in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. For questions, please contact