Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2016–2017
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
Fictional Primates and Anthropomorphism: J.M. Coetzee, Franz Kafka, and Karen Joy Fowler 3–6 op
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Käy seuraavien opintojaksojen suoritukseksi
Filosofian maisterin tutkinto
Yleinen kirjallisuustiede
Historian, kulttuurin ja taiteiden tutkimuksen laitos


Anthropomorphism has long been “applied as a term of reproach, both intellectual and moral,” (Daston & Mitman 2005) and dismissed as sentimental and unscientific. However, it remains a widely-used device for understanding the similarities between humans and other primates. This is evident across disciplines, from ethology to fiction. With particular reference to fictional primates, this short course examines the value of anthropomorphism: does it inevitably reduce non-human life to a human scale, overlooking species-specific qualities? Or can it be a useful, if clumsy, tool to explore inter-species difference, provided that we reject the assumption that either term – the human or its non-human associate – has a fixed essence?

Franz Kafka’s articulate anthropomorphised ape Red Peter has largely been read as allegorising an element of human identity or history: as a commentary on Jewish assimilation, a critique of European colonialism, or an investigation into the nature of art. Only recently have critical readings and the fictional texts which open dialogue with ‘A Report to an Academy’ – J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello (2004), Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2015), and Peter Verhelst’s The Man I Became (2016), for example – begun to consider what anthropomorphised literary primates can teach us about nonhuman primates themselves, as well as the possibility of cross-species relations.

Reading the texts Kafka, Coetzee, and Fowler alongside each other – and informed by Donna Haraway’s primatological investigations in Primate Visions – this short course will address the literary, ethical, and philosophical value of anthropomorphism.

The 8-h course will take place 4-5 May 2017 as follows:

Thursday 4 May, 10.00-11.30 and 12.30-14.00, E223

Friday 5 May, 10.00-11.30 (E223) and 12.30-14.00 (E225)

Students get 3 ECTS for participating and writing a learning diary. 6 ECTS requires, in addition, an essay on a topic related to the course.

15 students will be accepted, in the order of registration, but students who major in Comparative Literature will be given precedence.


NettiOpsussa 27.4. asti.

Vastaava opettaja

Dr. Danielle Sands


4.5.2017 – 5.5.2017


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Required reading:

- Coetzee, J.M., Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons (London: Secker and Warburg, 2003)

- Fowler, Karen Joy, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (London: Serpent’s Tail, 2014)

- Kafka, Franz, ‘Ein Bericht für eine Akademie’/ ‘A Report to an Academy.’ This will be discussed in its English translation.


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