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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Introduction  
2 Hunting

[Ritvo] Chapter 6.

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

Buy at Amazon Orwell, George. "Shooting an Elephant." In Inside the Whale and Other Essays. Penguin, 1969. ISBN: 9780140011852.
An audio version is available at:

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.

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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)


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

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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]

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

6 Animal Experimentation

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

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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]

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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.

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

Buy at Amazon 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.

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

Buy at Amazon 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


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

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

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

Buy at Amazon 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