Gain a deeper awareness of how humans have made use of other animals — in thought and art, metaphor and satire — to understand ourselves. Increasingly science tells us that animals are far more like us than we thought, yet many species are disappearing. What is it to be human? What do we truly share with our fellow creatures? Why have we always been drawn to them and made them a part of our mental lives and creative expression.
Dorothy Gilbert holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis and has taught for over 30 years at UC Davis, CSU East Bay, and UC Berkeley. She has published numerous books, articles, and poems, as well as verse translations of two medieval texts, Chrétien de Troyes’ Erec et Enide and the Lais of Marie de France.
Note: This class does not meet on Monday, February 19 due to the Presidents' Day holiday.