Several of the readings have associated question sets to think about for class discussion. Please see Things to Think About for these questions.

[Capek] = Capek, Karl. War With the Newts. Catbird Press, 1990.

[Franklin] = Franklin, Sarah. Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of a Genealogy. Duke University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780822339205. [Preview with Google Books]

[Ritvo] = Ritvo, Harriet. The Animal Estate: The english and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age. Harvard University Press, 1989. ISBN: 9780674037076. [Preview with Google Books]

[Sewell] = Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty (Signet Classics). Signet Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780451531742.

[Vialles] = Vialles, Noelie. Animal to Edible. Cambridge University Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780521466721. [Preview with Google Books]

[Wells] = Wells, H. G. The Island of Doctor Moreau. Penguin Classics, 2005. ISBN: 9780141441023.

1 Introduction  
2 Hunting

[Ritvo] Chapter 6.

Corbett, Jim. "Introduction," and Chapter 1 in Man-Eaters of Kumaon. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Orwell, George. "Shooting an Elephant." In Inside the Whale and Other Essays. Penguin, 1969. ISBN: 9780140011852.
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Carruthers, Jane. "'Wilding the Farm or Farming the Wild?' The Evolution of Scientific Game Reaching in South Africa from the 1960s to the Present." Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 63, no. 2 (2008): 160–81.

Cioc, Mark. "Introduction," Chapter 1, and Appendix A in The Game of Conservation: International Treaties to Protect the World's Migratory Animals. Ohio University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780821418673.

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Colonial Animal Protection Laws. (PDF - 1.5 MB)

3 Domestication and Breeding

[Ritvo] Chapter 1.

Coppinger, Raymond, and Lorna Coppinger. Chapter 1 in Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, & Evolution. University of Chicago Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780226115634.

Orlans, Barbara. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Turbo-Cows: Producing a Competitive Animal in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." (PDF) Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History: Routledge, 2003.

Levy, Ariel. "Living-Room Leopards." The New Yorker, May 6, 2013.

[Franklin] Chapters 2, and 3.

4 Meat (or not)


Ritvo, Harriet. Chapter 5 in The Platypus and the Mermaid: and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination. Harvard University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780674673588.

Grandin, Temple. "A Major Change," and "Thinking Like Animals." In The Animal Ethics Reader. 2nd ed. Edited by Susan Armstrong and Richard G. Botzler. Routeledge, 2008. ISBN: 9780415775397.

5 Pets

[Ritvo] Chapter 2.

Hearne, Vicki. "How to Say 'Fetch.'" Chapter 3 in Adam's Task: Calling Animals By Name. Skyhorse Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9781602390027. [Preview with Google Books]

Lorenz, Konrad. Chapters 4, 6, and 17 in Man Meets Dog. Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 9780415267458.

6 Animal Experimentation

Rader, Karen. "Why Mice?" In Making Mice: Standardizing Animals for American Biomedical Research, 1900–1955. Princeton University Press, 2004, pp. 1–24. ISBN: 9780691016368.

Pemberton, Stephen. "Canine Technologies, Model Patients: The Historical Production of Hemophiliac Dogs." In Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History. Routledge, 2003, pp. 191–213. ISBN: 9780415945486.

MIT Division of Comparative Medicine. "Lab Animals Users' Handbook."

7 Animal Protection

[Ritvo] Chapter 3.


8 No Class No readings
9 Animals and Invasion

Cronon, William. Chapters 2 and 5 in Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. Hill & Wang Inc., U. S., 2003. ISBN: 9780809016341.

Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. Chapter 4 in Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780195304466. [Preview with Google Books]

Ritvo, Harriet. "Counting Sheep in the English Lake District: Rare Breeds, Local Knowledge, and Environmental History." In Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History. Edited by Dorothee Brantz. University of Virginia Press, 2010, pp. 264–79. ISBN: 9780813929477. [Preview with Google Books]

10 Animals and Infection

[Ritvo] Chapter 4.

Ritvo, Harriet. "Mad Cow Mysteries." American Scholar 67, no. 2 (1998).

[Franklin] Chapter 5.

Weiss, R. A. "Animal Origins of Human Infectious Disease." Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences 356, no. 1410 (2001): 957–77.

McNeill, John R. "Revolutionary Mosquitoes of the AtlanticWorld : Malaria and Independence in the United States of America." In Natures Past: The Environment and Human History. University of Michigan Press, 2007, pp. 145–71. ISBN: 9780472069606. [Preview with Google Books]

11 Live Animals on Display

[Ritvo] Chapter 5.

Rothfels, Nigel. "Gardens of History." Chapter 1 in Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780801889752.

Miller, Ian. "The Great Zoo Massacre." Chapter 4 in The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo. University of California Press, 2013.

12 Dead Animals on Display

[Ritvo] Introduction.

Haraway, Donna. "Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908–1936." Social Text 11 (1984): 20–64.

Alberti, Samuel. "Introduction: The Dead Ark." In The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie. University of Virginia Press, 2013, pp. 1–16. ISBN: 9780813933900.

O' Rawe, Richard. "The Thames Whale." In Afterlives: The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer That Changed Irish History. The Lilliput Press Ltd., 2010, pp. 186–201. ISBN: 9781843511847.

13 Studying Animals: Field Observation and Ethology


Goodall, Jane. Chapter 1–3 in In The Shadow of Man. Phoenix Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780753809471.

Hrdy, Sara. Chapter 1 in The Woman That Never Evolved. Harvard University Press, 1981. ISBN: 9780674955400.

Galdikas, Biruté. Chapter 1–4 in Reflections of Eden: My Life with the Orangutans of Borneo. Orion Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780575059863.

Fossey, Dian. Chapters 1–3 in Gorillas in the Mist: A Remarkable Story of Thirteen Years Spent Living with the Greatest of the Great Apes. Phoenix Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780753811412.

14 Animals and Imagination


Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau. Penguin Classics, 2005. ISBN: 9780141441023.

15 Final Presentations No readings