Globalization, war, animal rights, mass media, consumer culture, eco-tourism, the rise of the megacity, and the conquest of indigenous peoples—these are just some of the issues raised in the
selection of American environmental literary works surveyed in this course. Reading a diverse
range of “green” texts, from slave narrative and nature writing to novels and political essays, we will study how writers imagine relationships to place and environment amidst accelerating social,
economic, and technological change.