Ecocriticism encompasses an exciting and important intersection of literary forms, environmental issues, intellectual disciplines, and political perspectives. “Its potential force is to be not just another subset of literary criticism,” writes Timothy Clark, “but work engaged provocatively with literary analysis and with issues that are simultaneously but obscurely matters of science, morality, politics, and aesthetics.”
This course will examine the history, range and development of environmental literature, examining texts that help exemplify those stages of development—from naïve romanticism, to toxic discourse, to reflections on “the future of ice.”
Students will gain the skills to identify the problematic issues raised by environmental literature including the porous boundaries of nature, the “inherent” violent nature of Western thought, the slippery slope of anthropomorphism, and the challenge of scientific literacy. Students will gain the ability to analyze environmental writing from distinct critical perspectives and likewise the ability to recognize those perspectives (and their inherent biases/limitations) in the environmental texts they encounter.
Reading Responses, 3 Essays, Team Presentation
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Lecture and discussion