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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 384 / ENV 383 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Environmental Justice Through Literature and Film

Robert Nixon

How can literature and film bring to life ideals of environmental justice and the lived experience of environmental injustice? This seminar will explore how diverse communities across the globe are unequally exposed to risks like climate change and toxicity and how communities have unequal access to the resources vital to sustaining life. Issues we will address include: climate justice, the Anthropocene, water security, deforestation, the commons, indigenous movements, the environmentalism of the poor, the gendered and racial dimensions of environmental justice, and the imaginative role of film makers and writer-activists.

Sample reading list:
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
Michael Crummey, Sweetland
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
Wangari Maathai, Unbowed
Meera Subramanian, A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 120-200 pages of reading per week, depending on whether we're reading a book or individual essays. Participants will submit two essays, one 6-8 pages, the other 15-18 pages. Participants will also be responsible for participating in a group presentation to kick start one session of the course. This presentation can involve any combination of media platforms.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Theory/Criticism, Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43086 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:14 Limit:15