Marion W. Copeland, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae Marion Copeland, Ph.D.

Humane Society University

Biographical Statement
Marion W. Copeland, an independent scholar, currently teachers two courses for Humane Society University: “The Literary Animal: Raising Consciousness through Fiction,” and “Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Animal Studies.” She has taught in MS program in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, and is professor emerita of English at Holyoke Community College (MA). Dr Copeland is the fiction review editor for both Society and Animals and Nature in Legend and Story, and co-editor of What Are the Animals to Us? The author of many reviews and essays, she has also published two books: Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) and Cockroach.

HSU Activities
Courses Taught
AS300/600 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Human Animal Studies
AS306/606 The Literary Animal: Raising Consciousness Through Fiction

Areas of Interest/Research

  • Literary Animal Studies
  • novels that foreground nonhuman characters
  • exploring how such characters reflect and, in turn, affect human attitudes to nonhumans the role of the metamorphic imagination in the process of creating and responding to such characters
  • art--including literature--as a valid source of knowledge and understanding of and empathy toward nonhumans, their worlds and perspectives

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