Discovering Literature - Environmental Literature

L111 — Spring 2022

Shannon Gayk
Days and Times
9:45 - 11:00a MW (3 CR)
Course Description

How do literature, art, and media contribute to how we think about the environment? Can writing play a role in environmental change? We will think about these questions as we contemplate essays, novels, poetry, art, music, and film, exploring how human beings relate to the non-human world we inhabit. What are the relations between humans and animals, plants, non-sentient objects, and places? Are we part of or distinct from nature? Responsible for it? Authors include Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, and films include Into the Wild and Wall-e. From environmental catastrophe to possible futures: expect lively conversation, a series of short reflections, quizzes, and 2 papers.