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Thursday, 06 January

83. Nonhuman Lives

1:45–3:00 p.m., Olympic I, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare

Presiding: Natasha Korda, Wesleyan Univ.

Speakers: Wendy Beth Hyman, Oberlin Coll.; David Landreth, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Caryn O’Connell, Univ. of Chicago; Laurie Shannon, Northwestern Univ.

Respondent: Jonathan Gil Harris, George Washington Univ.

Animal, mineral, vegetable, automaton: how did early moderns understand these nonhuman entities to have lives? What agency did they possess in relation to human lives? How might they complicate our understanding of “life” in general?

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