Creative Writing Workshop: Multi-Genre: Writing Ecologies|
Fall 2020 not offered
How can environmental literatures wake us up to the more-than-human world, re-wild our senses and syntaxes, realign our perspectives, and call forth an awakened sense of belonging? How do the lenses of culture, gender, and class affect how we observe and describe the world in which we live? How might thinking, synergistically, as an ecosystem forge new lenses, new emotional and intellectual centers?
In this open-genre workshop, we will read and write texts that honor a wider ecological consciousness, that celebrate the interconnectedness of the biota, and that are a call to action. We will keep field notebooks, perform site-specific writing experiments, apply permacultural perspectives to the ways we language and read our environments, take steps toward bioregional literacy, consider interspecies encounters, climate change, sustainability, environmental justice, geologic time, artistic-practice-as-research, and bear witness as acts of remediation.
We will divide our time between reading environmental literatures in nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and hybrid forms and writing our own texts in conversation. There will be weekly presentations, writing experiments, suggested field trips, and workshops of one another's work. The class will culminate in a book arts project and reflective essay.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ENGL216 OR ENGL292 OR ENGL296ENGL216 OR ENGL292 OR ENGL296
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
"Robin Wall Kimmerer, BRAIDING SWEETGRASS
Lauret Savoy, TRACE
J. Drew Lanham, THE HOME PLACE
Terry Tempest Williams, EROSION
Annie Dillard, HOLY THE FIRM
Tarjei Vesaas, THE ICE PALACE
Jamaica Kincaid, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER
Richard Powers, THE OVERSTORY
Cecilia Vicuña, ABOUT TO HAPPEN
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A TREATISE ON STARS
Angela Rawlings, WIDE SLUMBER FOR LEPIDOPTERISTS
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, ARTS OF LIVING ON A DAMAGED PLANET
Donna J. Haraway, STAYING WITH THE TROUBLE"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There will be weekly presentations, writing experiments, suggested field trips, and workshops of one another¿s work. The class will culminate in a field notebook, book arts project, and reflective essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students of all backgrounds are welcome in this course, but you should have taken at least one course in Creative Writing (Techniques, Workshops, or Special Topics, in any genre), OR have some other relevant background in the study of literature and/or the environment. Students who haven't taken a course in Creative Writing can contact the instructor directly and request a prerequisite override for instructor approval.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
Class of 2023 and beyond: This course fulfills the Creative Writing requirement of the English major.
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