ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Section: 003 Environmental Literature
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar explores the human connection to the environment and the evolution of American attitudes toward the natural world as reflected in environmental literature. Understanding our connection to the world through the use of language enables us to examine our relationship with nature in various works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film. In addition to exploring environmental literature and film, students attend environmental events on campus and write about their experience. By fostering a greater appreciation for our connection to the environment and attempting to reconcile our ambivalent attitudes toward nature, this seminar helps us define our place in the natural world.

Texts may include:

  • Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire,
  • Diane Ackerman’s The Moon by Whale Light,
  • Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac,
  • Ellen Meloy’s Eating Stone,
  • Scott Momaday’s The Man Made of Words,
  • Jack Turner’s The Abstract Wild.

Films may include: “Garbage Warrior,” “Waterbusters,” and “Trinkets and Beads.”

Contact Virginia Murphy with any questions: vemu@umich.edu

ENVIRON 139 - First-Year Seminar in the Environment
Schedule Listing
003 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
020 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only 1st-yr students, including those with soph std, may register.
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ISBN: 0816513945
The abstract wild, Author: Jack Turner., Publisher: Univ. of Arizona Press 3. [ed.] 1999
ISBN: 0671695886
Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness, Author: by Edward Abbey ; drawings by Peter Parnall., Publisher: Simon & Schuster 1st Touchs 1990
ISBN: 0553233890
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Author: Annie Dillard., Publisher: Bantam Books 1975
ISBN: 140003177X
Eating stone : imagination and the loss of the wild, Author: Ellen Meloy., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2006
ISBN: 0679740244
Refuge : an unnatural history of family and place, Author: Terry Tempest Williams., Publisher: Vintage Books 2nd Vintag 2001
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