Angels and Animals:
Innocence and Responsibility in
Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

Literature | Philosophy

Course Description

All Spring 2021 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk’s book Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead examines what she calls “the systems of mutual connections and influences of which we are generally unaware”: systems including the bond between humans and animals, the role of religious beliefs and practices, the traditions of cultures and society. The book, loosely organized around William Blake’s ode Auguries of Innocence, is both timeless and timely. It impels the reader to explore questions such as: Are all things that exist interconnected parts of a single whole? If so, what are the obligations of those with experience to those who are innocent—Blake’s “angels”? Do animals have rights and, if they do, to what lengths must one go to recognize and protect them? What makes us embrace or, alternatively, neglect these duties? In what ways does literature induce us to question long-held beliefs and practices and to assume new responsibilities?

Books to purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop):

    • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (9780525541349)

This course is now FULL. If you would like to join the waitlist, email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Course Length: 8 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Karen Etingin, Sara Pistolesi, Linda Benguigui

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee: 

$130.00 (standard tuition)
$90.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:

$30.00


Total:

$160.00 (standard tuition)
$120.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

This course is now FULL. If you would like to join the waitlist, email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Stuck? Give us a call at (514) 935-9585
or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca