ENGLISH 319 - Literature and Social Change
Section: 001 The Literature of Climate Change
Term: FA 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. President Obama must make a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline: environmentalists are urging him to turn it down because of the oil extracted from the tar sands, but others, including the Canadian Government, Exxon and other companies, and Unions looking for labor are urging him to support it. A climate expert on NPR said “if the planet heats up two more degrees, you won’t want to be here.” The seas are rising. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet. We are now being told to adapt to the warming planet.

We will be reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature, Henry Pollack’s The World Without Ice, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded, and the first essay in Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, and other texts.

We’ll be watching An Inconvenient Truth, The House I Live In, and Chasing Ice, among other films.

Course Requirements:

Because of the specific projects involved (working with wave, wind, and solar entrepreneurs, for example, as well as other kinds of projects), students wishing to take the course will interview with me.

Intended Audience:

Admission to the class is by permission of instructor. Check 3275 Angell Hall for specially posted hours for interviews for this course.

ENGLISH 319 - Literature and Social Change
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Admission to the class is by permission of instructor. Check 3275 Angell Hall for specially posted hours for interviews for this course.
002 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Interested students should register for this class under the RCHUMS 334.004 course number.
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ISBN: 1595340858
Moral ground : ethical action for a planet in peril, Author: edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson., Publisher: Trinity University Press 2010
ISBN: 1568587295
Tropic of chaos : climate change and the new geography of violence, Author: Christian Parenti .
ISBN: 0312541198
Eaarth : making a life on a tough new planet, Author: Bill McKibben., Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 1st St. Ma 2010
ISBN: 0312428928
Hot, flat, and crowded : why we need a green revolution--and how it can renew America, Author: Thomas L. Friedman., Publisher: Picador Release 2. 2009
ISBN: 1583334076
A world without ice, Author: Henry Pollack., Publisher: Avery 1st trade 2010
ISBN: 0312427905
The world without us, Author: Alan Weisman., Publisher: Picador/Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press 1st Picado 2008
ISBN: 0807085979
Early spring : an ecologist and her children wake to a warming world, Author: Amy Seidl., Publisher: Beacon Press 2010
ISBN: 0062124277
Flight behavior : a novel, Author: Barbara Kingsolver., Publisher: Harper Perennial 1st Harper
ISBN: 0618249060
Silent spring., Author: by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis Darling., Publisher: A Mariner Books 40th Anniv 2002
ISBN: 0671695886
Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness, Author: by Edward Abbey ; drawings by Peter Parnall., Publisher: Simon & Schuster 1st Touchs 1990
ISBN: 0307265439
The road, Author: Cormac McCarthy., Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 1st ed. 2007
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