ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 026 Environmental "00Facts" and Fictions: Documenting Ecological Change in Journalism, Literature, and Film
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From myths of the wilderness to coverage of natural disasters, the stories we tell about the environment vary in terms of scale, form, and media. However, in an age of increasing uncertainty surrounding climate change and global warming, how are environmental narratives challenged or rendered unfamiliar? What literary or narrative modes help us “document” and pay attention to these changes, especially when they occur out of sight, or over long periods of time?

This course will examine intersections between journalism, literature, and the environment to pursue the following questions: How do narratives of the environment circulate across genres and platforms? What conflicts emerge between narratives of “fact” and narratives of fiction regarding ecological change? How might literature be able to change our perceptions of the environment, and how does this function similarly or differently than journalistic writing? Defining literature broadly to include creative non-fiction, novels, and film, we will likely explore writings by Jon Krakauer, Ruth Ozeki, Mohsin Hamid, and Helon Habila, and documentaries by Naomi Klein and Ai Weiwei. Our three major assignments will develop your analytical and argumentative writing skills, while our final project will ask you to revise your writing for different media platforms. All assignments can be shaped to follow your own interests. Ultimately, our course will emphasize reading and writing frequently, viewing writing as a collaborative process, and engaging in small and large group discussions.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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ISBN: 9780385486804
Into the wild, Author: Jon Krakauer., Publisher: Anchor Books 1. Anchor 1997
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ISBN: 9780140280463
My year of meats, Author: Ruth L. Ozeki., Publisher: Penguin Books 1999
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ISBN: 9780393339642
Oil on water : a novel, Author: Helon Habila., Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. 1st Americ 2011
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