Automatons: From Moving Statues to Dreaming Androids

First-Year Seminar Program 098

Usual Description

This class will examine literary instances of inanimate objects–moving statues, talking brass heads, dreaming androids, velveteen rabbits, animated dolls, alchemical homunculi, robots–coming uncannily to life. Readings will be drawn from Ovid, Shakespeare, Hoffman, Freud, Shelley, Haraway, Philip Dick, and many more. Our goal will be to think metapoetically about the great creative desire to vivify matter, alongside philosophical, historical, cultural, and gendered implications of such fantasies of animation.

Time Periods

400 B.C. - 2012 A.D.

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
First-Year Seminar Program 098 Taught by Wendy Hyman
First-Year Seminar Program 098 Taught by Wendy Hyman
First-Year Seminar Program 098 Taught by Wendy Hyman