RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 010 American Writers and the Environment
Term: FA 2017
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.

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RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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Note:
Please buy all four required texts prior to the start of class, as well as the MLA Handbook. Please buy the eighth ed. of the MLA handbook.
ISBN: 1408826836
A Friend of the Earth, Author: Boyle, T. C.,
Required
ISBN: 0241262151
O pioneers!, Author: Cather, Willa, 1873-1947,
Required
ISBN: 0062564668
Pilgrim at tinker creek, Author: Dillard, Annie,
Required
ISBN: 9780915024155
A Sand County almanac illustrated, Author: Leopold, Aldo, 1886-1948., Publisher: Tamarack Press 1977
Required
ISBN: 1603290249
MLA handbook for writers of research papers., Publisher: Modern Language Association of America 2009
Required
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