Teachin’ Books is baaaaack! It appears it’s a new, but still garbage, year — yay?!
On today’s episode, I chat with my friend Tara Chambers about a novel we both teach in undergraduate classes: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis.
Tara talks about teachin’ this novel in a class themed around the question “What is humanity?” or “What does it mean to be human?”, and I chat about teachin’ it in a class that deconstructs “nature vs. culture.” Also of note: Tara’s discussion of the novel in relation to “real-world dog biology” (poor phrasing mine) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; my thoughts about reading the novel through its paratext and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave; and Tara’s essential question… should Heart of Darkness ever be taught again? XD
I hope you enjoy this chat!
- Order Fifteen Dogs from your local bookstore. In Saskatoon, I like Turning the Tide and McNally Robinson.
- Watch the video on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, discussed in the episode.
- To get in touch with Tara, reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Read Cory Cardinal’s piece for Briarpatch, “A letter from the organizer of the Sask prisoners’ hunger strike,” see more about the Open Letter in Solidarity with Prisoners at Saskatchewan Jails, and check out @SaskSolidarity’s list of actions you can take in solidarity with people who are incarcerated in Saskatchewan.
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**Read the transcript for this episode here.**