Can Literary Animals Have Agency?

malewitzMany people have approached the subject of women in literature, as well as minority races, but most recently interest has been taken in whether animals in literature can be more than just objects for other characters to play off of. A paper being published in September by OSU’s own Dr. Raymond Malewitz will discuss that. In case you don’t want to wait until September, however, Dr. Malewitz will be presenting his research in a lecture titled “Can Literary Animals Have Agency?” on Monday, April 21. The lecture will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Autzen house on Jefferson Avenue.

Dr. Malewitz holds a bachelor’s of science in English and biochemistry from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia. He is an assistant professor of English at Oregon State, where he teaches Environmental Literature and American Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, among other classes.

For information about the lecture, contact Joy Futrell at 541-737-2450 or

By Kyra Young