Introduction to Prose (Excluding Fiction)

L206 — Fall 2018

Shannon Gayk
Lindley Hall 004
Days and Times
4:00P-5:15P TR
Course Description

Topic: "Environmental Writing"

From lyrical life-writing and reflections on nature, to tales of travel and adventure, to social critique and works of public advocacy, environmental writing encompasses a variety of nonfiction genres. Examining many of these, this course will explore the art and practice of nonfiction prose. In our discussions and in our own writing, we will consider how nonfiction prose can be a mode of perception, reflection, persuasion, and action. Readings will include selections from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Michael Pollan, and many others. Course requirements include three substantial essays and additional informal writing, a presentation, engaged participation, and one or two out-of-class excursions.

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