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Teaching the Animal

The Humanities

Edited by Margo DeMello

Teaching the Animal: The Humanities is a pioneering collection of original writings that detail the challenges and opportunities in developing a course in the humanities in a burgeoning new area of academic study: Human–Animal Studies (HAS). Leading academics from film, history, gender studies, literature, philosophy, religion, and cultural studies provide a comprehensive overview of the state of their disciplines, the philosophical and practical issues involved in discussing the intersections of human and nonhuman animals in society, the resources available to instructors, and the expectations of students and faculty before, during, and after teaching such a course.

In addition to sample curricula and syllabi that offer a wide variety of methodologies and insights for teaching the particular subject, each chapter comes with a detailed filmography and extensive bibliography. All these make Teaching the Animal: The Humanities the definitive handbook for teachers of HAS at undergraduate and graduate levels.

This book is a companion to Teaching the Animal: The Social Sciences. The contents of this book are included in the comprehensive volume Teaching the Animal: Human–Animal Studies across the Disciplines.

210 pp.  
7" x 9 3/4"

Lantern Books


Published:  July 2010


Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters program, and at Central New Mexico Community College, teaching sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology.

She is the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Prairie Dog Pals.

Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (Duke University Press 2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (with Susan Davis, Lantern 2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (Book Publishing Co. 2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (with Erin Williams, Prometheus 2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (Greenwood 2007), Feet and Footwear (ABC-CLIO 2009), Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (Lantern 2010), Faces Around the World (ABC-CLIO 2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia University Press 2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge 2012). Her newest books will be Inked (ABC-CLIO 2014), and Body Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2014).

She lives outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a husband, four Chihuahuas, three cats, a parrot, and a few dozen house rabbits.
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Related Titles

  • Teaching the Animal : Human–Animal Studies across the Disciplines
  • Teaching the Animal : The Social Sciences
  • Human-Animal Studies : A Bibliography
  • Humans, Animals, and Society : An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

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    Animals ; Psychology ; Animal Advocacy: Social Questions and Psychology: General
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