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Fall 2017-2018
* ENV 323 / ENG 315 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Nature of the City

Ashley J. Dawson

This interdisciplinary seminar examines the production of urban nature. Nature and the city are usually seen as separate, even antithetical, yet cities are now responsible for the majority of carbon emissions that cause climate change. Generating a creative politics of nature in and for the city is consequently a key component of contemporary environmentalism. Reading across fields such as architecture, geography, and postcolonial studies, we will explore the material and social infrastructures through which nature is metabolized in cities, as well as the representations (fictional and otherwise) through which urban nature is depicted.

Sample reading list:
Chris Abani, Graceland
Aravind Adiga, Last Man in Tower
Mike Davis, Planet of Slums
Dave Eggers, Zeitoun
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140
Latife Tekin, Berji Kristin
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 200 pages per week and write eight short weekly response papers (10%). There will be a take-home midterm essay and a final term paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22964 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:4 Limit:12