COD 2022 - D693

Webinar: IGCSE 2022-2023 Yann Martel's Life of Pi: Exploring the Boundaries of Animality from a Posthuman Perspective

Secondary School teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers

1 sesiones, inicia: 18-Abr

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Ciclo: 2022
Nivel: A Distancia
Idioma: Inglés
Estado: Terminado
Lugar: A Distancia
Capacitador/es: Ms. María Cecilia Pena Koessler MA
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1 18 Abril 2022 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


María Cecilia Pena Koessler

Graduate Teacher of English at Primary level and at Secondary level from I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández." Postgraduate course in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández." MA in Literary Linguistics (University of Nottingham) and Medieval Studies Master's degree student (UBA). She teaches English Literature I and Children and YA 's Literature at I.S.P. J.V.González and I.E.S. en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández" Teacher Training Colleges and IGCSE and IB literature at secondary schools. She has participated in research projects on Intercultural Awareness and Border Thery. She has co-authored "Little Stars" pre-primary series and "Our Stories" primary series for Pearson and designed creative writing and literature materials for other series (Pearson and Macmillan).
Secondary School teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers
- To deconstruct speciesism by examining the representation of deeply engrained beliefs about animals in Life of Pi.
- To explore the interspecies dynamics in the novel from their point of view of the non–human animal
- To reflect on the symbolism of animals and the natural world and to delve into the use of allegory in the novel as constructs created by the anthropological machine
- To analyse how participating in non-human animal’s "otherness" helps readers to understand their world and themselves and to achieve greater empathy
- To provide teachers with critical thinking teaching strategies to make the most of the reading of Life of Pi for the IGCSE exam.
- To propose intertextual links that will allow teachers to meet IGCSE Literature objectives.
Life of Pi can be analysed from the perspective of Animal Studies, which belongs to the field of Posthuman Philosophy. Alongside Pi's journey across the ocean, we’ll see how Peter Parker, as a non-human animal, works as an invitation to challenge the concept of “the” animal as an absolute other, to redefine the boundary between the human and the animal, to trigger off the protagonist' becoming-other and to reconsider our own human subjectivity as readers.
The session will be organized in terms of a workshop for participants to enrich their understanding of the text with contributions from the group.
- Ryan, D. (2015). Animal Theory. A Critical Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Blake, C., Molloy, C. and Shakespeare S. (2012). Beyond the Human: From Animality to Transhumanism. N. Y.: Continuum.
- Agamben, G. (2005). Lo abierto, el hombre y el animal. A. G. Cuspinera (trad).). Valencia: Pre-textos.
- Simondon, G. (2016). Dos lecciones sobre el animal y el hombre. T. Pizarro(trad.). Buenos Aires: La cebra.
- Haraway, D. (2003). The Companion Species Manifesto. Dogs, People and Significant Otherness, Chicago, Prickly Paradigm Press.
- Duncan, R. (2008). “"Life of Pi" as Postmodern Survivor Narrative,” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, June 2008, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 167-183.
- Bills, S., Bond L. and Cascio, J. (2014). “"No Bamboozlement Here": Teaching Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" across the Curriculum,” The English Journal, January 2014, Vol. 103, No. 3, pp. 15-21.
- Thorn, Michael (2015). “Cannibalism, Communion, and Multifaith Sacrifice in the Novel and Film Life of Pi,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 27(1):1-15.
- Life of Pi Resources.