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Spring 2013-2014
* ENV 346 / AMS 347   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Environment Can Be Funny

Jenny Price


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.

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

Other information:
Applications may be obtained by sending an email to Undergraduate Administrator, Angela Petsis at 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