RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 005 Literary Ecology: The Environment in Performance
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard bore witness to the artistic majesty of the natural environment: “beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” Perhaps Dillard spoke of the cacophony of color in the fall, the ambivalent light of a winter afternoon, or the pompous strut of the sage grouse on the Western plains. What we will attempt in this UMS sponsored class is to be there as the audience for a number of expressive artists as they explore, interpret, and perform the environment.

Literary Ecology is open to all LSA upper-class students. We will consider Olafur Elaisson’s installation of massive chunks of ice from the Vatnajkull glacier, your waste of time; Rachel Sussman’s photographic exhibit, Oldest Things; Piedmont Blues interpretation of the Piedmont region’s folk and jazz music, Search for Salvation; Emily St. John Mandel’s literary exploration of Shakespearian survivalists in Station Eleven; Gabriel Kahane’s musical exploration of American landscape, Book of Travelers, and other musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, and writers.

Attendance at one of two UMS performances (Friday, February 2 at 8:00pm or Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm) is required. Tickets for these events are $15.00 each. There are limited funds available to defray these costs (please speak to me at the first class).

Four books are required for the course:

  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan, A Friend of the Earth
  • Leopold, Aldo, A Sand County Almanac
  • St. John Mandel, Emily, Station Eleven
  • Sussman, Rachel, The Oldest Living Things

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation. One 10-12pp. seminar paper.

Intended Audience:

All LSA students, sophomore and above, with interest in the subject

Class Format:

Discussion and lecture in classroom; visits to art installations, botanical gardens, and performances.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
P
23638
Open
15
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
30888
Open
39
 
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Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
24682
Open
12
 
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W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
22414
Open
30
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
31675
Open
15
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
31950
Open
15
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 10:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
32118
Open
8
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
009 (SEM)
P
32715
Open
21
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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Note:
Please purchase only the editions listed below.
ISBN: 1443434876
Station Eleven, Author: Mandel, Emily St. John, 1979-
Required
ISBN: 110156797X
A friend of the earth, Author: Boyle, T. Coraghessan., Publisher: Penguin Books 2001
Required
ISBN: 9780195146172
A Sand County almanac : with essays on conservation, Author: Leopold, Aldo, 1886-1948., Publisher: Oxford University Press op.
Required
ISBN: 022605750X
The oldest living things in the world, Author: Sussman, Rachel, 1975-, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2014
Required
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