RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 008 American Writers and the Environment
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Everywhere we look there is “green”: green magazine issues, green clothes, eco-vacations, hybrid-cars. It may seem that this desire for the environment is newfound. Yet, there is a rich history of American environmental literature first in response to the taming of the American wilderness, and later extolling the majesty of the land that defines America. This course is “an attempt to discover what roles have been played by literature in the ecology of the human species” (Meeker), and focuses on the close association of nature and art in American literature. We will consider how American writers, in shaping stories and poetry, have tried to reconcile the processes and values associated with wilderness and civilization. We will examine the historical and cultural backgrounds of the wilderness theme through writers such as Crevecoeur, Jefferson, Cooper, Thoreau, Melville, Jewett, Faulkner, Cather, and Dillard. We will also study authors not usually taught in surveys of American literature, John Burroughs, John Muir, Mary Austin, Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, and Terry Tempest Williams. We’ll engage in a bit of nature writing by taking advantage of the outdoor spaces on, and near, campus.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20291
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
20293
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
22943
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
25635
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
25637
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
006 (SEM)
P
25639
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
25641
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
008 (SEM)
P
25643
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
25645
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
P
25647
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
P
37073
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
31485
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
014 (SEM)
P
29191
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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Note:
Austin's work is also available as full-text, Google on-line.
ISBN: 0812968522
The land of little rain, Author: Mary Austin ; introduction by Robert Hass., Publisher: Modern Library Modern Lib 2003
Required
ISBN: 084467222X
Arctic dreams : imagination and desire in a northern landscape, Author: Barry Lopez., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2001
Required
ISBN: 0671695886
Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness, Author: by Edward Abbey ; drawings by Peter Parnall., Publisher: Simon & Schuster 1st Touchs 1990
Required
ISBN: 0061233323
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Author: Annie Dillard., Publisher: HarperPerennial 1st Harper 2007
Required
ISBN: 0679743626
O pioneers!, Author: Willa Cather., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1992
Required
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