Professor Jonathan Kramnick’s curiosity sparks literary course on animal life and consciousness

Jonathan Kramnick and one of his four dogs.
April 24, 2019

“It was with the proverbial curiosity of a cat that Yale professor Jonathan Kramnick designed his cross-disciplinary undergraduate course “Animals in Literature and Theory,” which explores the representation of animal life and consciousness in works of literature.

Teaching a course with a focus on animals was an opportunity to be more present and relevant to his students’ interests and to their everyday world, says Kramnick, the Maynard Mack Professor of English. It was also a way to connect with intellectual and ethical considerations and passions in Kramnick’s own life — one that he shares with a menagerie of animals, including his four dogs, one of which is a frequent, and very popular, visitor to his classes.”

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