University of Mississippi
Animals in Literature
This course traces historical changes in the representation of animals in literary and cultural texts like film.
University of Southern Mississippi
Religion and Animals
Across times and cultures animals have played myriad roles in human religiosity. Animals, and natural beings more broadly, have been gods, guides, and gurus; symbols for both the highest virtues and the most debased vices; both sacrificed and protected from sacrifice; and both central to and irrelevant to salvation. This course examines some of these interactions between human religions and the nonhuman natural world. Topics include fundamental theories of human-animal interactions, the psychology of human experience of nature, environmental ethics and metaphysics, pet keeping, religious perspectives on the uses of animals in science, and the appearances of animals in a variety of religious settings.