Brandon Alakas, PhD

Associate Dean, Academic, Augustana - Deans Office
Associate Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities

Fall Term 2024 (1890)

AUENG 221 - Chaucer and Premodern Society

3 units (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of major works by Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame and selections from The Canterbury Tales. This course places these texts within the framework of Chaucer's literary inheritance and cultural milieu and explores the poet's depictions of human psychology, complex representations of gender and misogynist stereotypes, notions of justice, and uneasy relationship with textual authority, whether classical or biblical. Prerequisites: AUENG 102. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in AUENG 321 (2021).

LECTURE 1A01 (53601)

2024-09-16 - 2024-12-09
MWF 09:45 - 10:45

Winter Term 2025 (1900)

AUENG 260 - Literary Animal Studies

3 units (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of representations of nonhuman animals in texts ranging from sacred literature to scientific writing that explores humanity's evolving relationship with our fellow creatures. Texts will be drawn from a variety of genres and periods, including poetry and prose from antiquity, biblical texts, medieval romance and devotional literature, early modern philosophical and scientific treatises, and more contemporary writing with direct links to the modern animal rights movement. Readings from theorists of animal studies and ecofeminism will guide our exploration of texts and the questions they raise about our connections with nonhuman animals. Prerequisites: AUENG 102.

LECTURE 1B01 (77815)

2025-01-27 - 2025-04-15
MWF 08:30 - 09:30