ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Ecological Empire: Environment and Colonialism in 19th Century British Literature
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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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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How did the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew facilitate the British project of empire? How is Jane Eyre connected to slavery and deforestation? In this class, we will learn about the historical roots of some of today’s most pressing issues, including climate change & systemic racism, in the nineteenth century projects of colonialism and industrialization. We will also show how colonialism and industry were bound up in and enabled by the study and writing of the natural world. This course will cover a variety of genres, connect such disparate locations as England, the Caribbean, and South Africa, and ask that you consider your own relationship to local and global environments. We will engage with historical scientific writings, as well as with travel narratives and slave narratives, with rich ecological poetry, adventure novels, and contemporary academic scholarship.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include a short close reading essay, a semester-long species list project, and a final research project.


ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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