Arts, Sciences, and Engineering College of Arts & Science
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
15663 CAS 245 Literature and the Modern Environmental Imagination Fall 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1230 1345 MEL 206
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
5
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
14
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: CAS 245 (P), ENG 245
Instructors: NADIR L
Restrictions: [A] Instructor's permission required
Description: This course studies American writers’ engagement with shifting experiences of environment, nature, and place during the period of intense modernization from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Reading slave narratives, nature writing, novels, and essays, we will study how writers imagine human-environment relationships amidst social, economic, and technological changes, such as urbanization, colonization, industrialization, and the civil rights and social justice movements. A guiding question raised by the artworks is, How to create a meaningful connection to the planet in a time of so much injustice, destabilization, delocalization, mobility, and flux? Close attention will be paid to how literature can help us elucidate historical erasures of environmental relationships in modern times, such as experiences of racial oppression, eco-tourism, exoticism, trauma and war, exile, alienation, among others.
Clusters: N1SUS001