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Spring 2013-2014
* ENV 346 / AMS 347  

The Environment Can Be Funny

Jenny Price

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

Why isn't it?--and what if it were? While we'll examine the first question (why does environmentalism tend to be so pious and self-serious?), this course will focus on the second, and on the creation of original work. How might we deploy the powers of humor to persuade, to cajole, to break down defenses--but also to expose hypocrisy and to challenge our own assumptions? Students will put their own powers of comedy to work-in op-eds, cartoons, skits-to address climate change, water pollution, environmental justice, and other critical issues

Sample reading list:
William Cronon, ed, Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature
Nato Thompson, Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor
Living As Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011
Wide range of examples across genres- incl:, The Daily Show, The Onion, South Park, George Carlin
T.C.Boyle, editorial cartoons, Yes Men

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to three small projects and a larger project (which, with permission, can be collaborative), students are required to do assigned readings in the first half of the course; to scavenge for more models and examples; to offer feedback on other students' work; and to compile and read through a short bibliography for the longer project. Class participation is critical.

Requirements/Grading:
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 70%

Other information:
Applications may be obtained by sending an email to Undergraduate Administrator, Angela Petsis at apetsis@princeton.edu. The application deadline is Monday, November 25th. The "Other" grading component is comprised of three smaller projects (35%) and one longer project (35%).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43490 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Lewis Library   121   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed