Dog lover’s College course

Posted: March 7, 2012 by IUsec in Uncategorized

L111 Discovering Literature
Tony Ardizzone
TOPIC: “The Literary Dog”    

Summer Session I (First Six Weeks), 3 hrs.

Will Rogers once remarked, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” This course will explore the popular literary tradition of writing about dogs. We’ll look at what humans have to say about dogs and what dogs (through their human counterparts) have to say about humans. The course anthology, Dog Stories, offers work by both classic and contemporary writers, including Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, O. Henry, Patricia Highsmith, Doris Lessing, Anton Chekhov, James Thurber, Lydia Millet, and Ray Bradbury, among others. We’ll also read a pair of short novels (Peter Mayle’s comic A Dog’s Life, and Paul Auster’s moving Timbuktu), both of which are narrated by dogs, along with James Herriot’s classic collection, Dog Stories. Aside from the readings for the course, there will be occasional quizzes and two short papers. There will no midterm and no final examination.

Probable Texts:

  • Dog Stories, edited by Diana Secker
  • Tesdell Timbuktu, by Paul Auster
  • Dog Stories, by James Herriot
  • A Dog’s Life, by Peter Mayle
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