ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Section: 001 Ecocriticism
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

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.

Course Requirements:

Reading Responses, 3 Essays, Team Presentation

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

ENVIRON 304 - Topics in Culture and Environment
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0521896355
The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment, Author: Clark, Timothy, 1958-, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011
ISBN: 9780679740247
Refuge : an unnatural history of family and place, Author: Williams, Terry Tempest., Publisher: Vintage Books 1992
ISBN: 9780811205467
Turtle Island, Author: Gary Snyder., Publisher: New Directions 27. print. 2008
ISBN: 1598530208
American Earth : environmental writing since Thoreau, Publisher: Literary Classics of the United States 2008
ISBN: 9781401220839
Saga of the Swamp Thing., Author: written by Alan Moore ; art by Stephen Bissette ... [et al.] ; colored by Tatjana Wood ; lettered by John Costanza, Todd Klein., Publisher: DC Comics 2012
ISBN: 9780393335347
People of the whale : a novel, Author: Linda Hogan., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. 2009
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