We live the entirety of our lives on the earth, whether we dwell in urban, suburban, natural, or virtual spaces. For the most part, we do this without considering the full impact of our surroundings. In this course, we will study the work of creative writers and media practitioners to understand the role of place, space, nature, and environment in our daily lives. Our investigation will focus on how modern life and processes of modernization (such as urbanization, media, travel, industrialization, technology, consumerism, and colonialism) have drastically transformed humanity's relationships to land and earth. We will read diverse works, including slave narratives, nature writing, novels, and manifestos, relating them to contemporary film and media. Students will come away from this course with new critical awareness of the ways in which the environment profoundly shapes our identities even while it is rendered invisible by the accelerating social, economic, and technological upheavals of modern times.