ENVIRON 377 - Literature and the Environment
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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This course satisfies the American Literature requirement for English Concentrators.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will look at the development of responses to North American nature from the pre-colonial period to the present. Beginning by understanding Amerindian peoples as willful environmental actors, we will look at European contact as, in part, a scene of conflicting land use and land-concept regimes. Then, from Columbus’s anticipations of Eden to representations of wilderness trials by Puritans, we will move to Enlightenment understandings of the orderliness and/or the sublimity of American nature, and at early national attempts to make a precarious nation inevitable and ‘natural’ through the landscape. We will read Thoreau and Emerson’s Transcendentalist claims about the natural world; Muir’s meditations on sacred geological time in the Sierra Mountains; and early twentieth century writers (Cather, Leopold, Faulkner, Stoneman Douglas, and Hurston) who describe changes, via settlement, deforestation, drainage, and mining, to the prairies, the California desert, and the southern wetlands and forests. We will encounter later 20th-century authors (Carson, Lopez, Dillard) concerned about toxicity, concepts of sustainability, and the dependence of the human on the non-human world. We will end by thinking about the interlocked concepts of the global and local.

You will do three written analyses of texts, a place-based scientific-personal narrative, and a final exam.

ENVIRON 377 - Literature and the Environment
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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