ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Writing in a Time of Extinction
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In “Prayer for the Mutilated World,” Sam Sax wonders “what will be left after we’ve left,” and offers a tender and weary answer to his own question: “i dare not consider it // instead dance with me a moment / late in this last extinction // that you are reading this / must be enough.” How are contemporary writers imagining the world and the role of literature in the midst of the change, destruction, and dislocation associated with what has been termed the sixth mass extinction event? How do they define “environment,” their relation to it, and their place within it? From climate fiction (“cli-fi”) to necropastoral poems and beyond, we will read literary works, as well as academic scholarship and popular writing, that respond to these questions.

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Main assignments will include a weekly journal, two close-reading analytical essays, and a final creative project.


ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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