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Spring 2012-2013
* ENV 388 / ENG 377 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Theories of Literature and the Environment

Kenneth C. Hiltner

Environmental criticism, also known as ecocriticism and "green" criticism, is a rapidly emerging field of literary study that will be crucially important in upcoming decades, especially as our present environmental crisis unfortunately worsens. This course explores a range of works from modern environmental critics, beginning in the 1960s and ending with the ongoing explosion of interest in the field in the 21st century.

Sample reading list:
J.M. Coetzee, from - The Lives of Animals
William Cronon, "The Trouble with the Wilderness"
Bruno Latour, "Why Political Ecology has to Let Go of Nature"
Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal
Paul Shepard, "Ecology and Man - A Viewpoint"
Raymond Williams, from - The Country & the City

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week. Three course papers, 5-6 pages each.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
All readings are in the Course Reader, which will be available as a PDF from the course website.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43029 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Guyot Hall   100   Enrolled:16 Limit:17