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Fall 2017-2018
* ENV 369 / ENG 383 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Environmental Imaginings and Global Change

Robert Nixon

This course in the environmental arts and humanities will explore the vital transformative role that narrative and image can play in shifting our imaginative, ethical, and political horizons. Students will have the chance to engage with cutting edge creativity by environmental filmmakers, writers, sculptors and digital artists. Our perspective will be international and interdisciplinary as we consider experimental strategies to change the force fields of environmental perception and thereby impact the emotional life of the body politic. For, as novelist Ruth Ozeki puts it, "The very act of storytelling is itself a form of hope."

Sample reading list:
Elizabeth Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Daniel Dencik, Expedition to the End of the World (film)
Jason deCaires Taylor, Mission Blue (sculpture series)
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden
Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Ice (film)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two essays (8 and 12 pages long); oral presentation; weekly class postings to blackboard discussion; class participation.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22713 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:33 Limit:35