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Nature Description: Literature and Theory

ENGL 367
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 365
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

What happens to the world when we describe it using language? What happens to language? How much can we really know about nature as it is, in itself, outside of our representational strategies? In what ways do different kinds of description--and the often unexamined assumptions that structure them--limit what we can see? Do different modes of description and figurative language do different things to the world? And what do they do *in* the world--what ideological or political work? How, in short, does language reflect, touch, and transform the material world?

This course will grapple with big questions about nature, language, race, class, history, science, literary form, and human minds, as well as the complex interactions between and among these. We will seek answers by attending closely to literary, scientific, and theoretical texts.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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