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FYSP 098 - Literary Automatons: From Moving Statues to Dreaming Androids


Semester Offered: First Semester
Credits (Range): 4 hours
Attribute: 4HU, WR
This class will examine literary instances of inanimate objects–moving statues, talking brass heads, dreaming androids, velveteen rabbits, animated dolls, alchemical homunculi, robots–coming uncannily to life. Readings will be drawn from Ovid, Shakespeare, Hoffman, Freud, Shelley, Haraway, Philip Dick, and many more. Our goal will be to think metapoetically about the great creative desire to vivify matter, alongside philosophical, historical, cultural, and gendered implications of such fantasies of animation.
Enrollment Limit: 14
Instructor: W. Hyman
Consent of the Instructor Required? Yes



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