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Spring 2010-2011
* ENG 386 / ENV 386 (LA)   No Audit

Literature and Environment

William A. Gleason

How is our understanding of nature and the environment conditioned by the ways in which writers have imagined it? This course examines how literature, especially that of 19th-century America, has laid down roots for our own attitudes towards the natural world. At a time when eco-criticism has been termed "the only ethical stance toward literature," we will explore what it means for readers--and writers--to be interested in geography, ecology, and biology; in questions of space, place, and region; in forms of life that are not human; and in the political and ethical stakes of such interests.

Sample reading list:
Virgil, Georgics
William Wordsworth, Home at Grasmere
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Sarah Orne Jewett, "A White Heron",
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pp. of reading per week. Two or three short papers, plus occasional brief assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43536 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:19 Limit:20