ENGLISH 390 - Topics in Literary Criticism and Theory
Winter 2022, Section 001 - How to Save the Planet: Fictions of Climate Disaster and Preservation
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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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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The climate apocalypse is no longer the stuff of science fiction. How do storytellers represent the end of the world when the world is ending now? Which stories are best suited to help us make sense and raise public awareness of environmental issues and the social and racial inequality they perpetuate? And what solutions can fiction advance in the face of this very real and unprecedented predicament? 


In this seminar, we will explore a diverse range of contemporary textual and visual representations of climate change to examine how art can reinforce or unsettle traditional perceptions of Nature and the structures of power and domination that support them. This course will give you interpretive skills for engaging a large variety of works from nonfiction essays to sci-fi novels and disaster movies. 

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include engaged class presence and participation; regular brief writing assignments; a final paper or creative project.  


ENGLISH 390 - Topics in Literary Criticism and Theory
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001 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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