Special Topics: Environmental Fiction
Fall 2022 not offered
In this course, we will study contemporary fiction that grapples with our changing environment alongside critical texts that contextualize environmental literature through the lenses of race, sexuality, and place, as well as post-coloniality, decolonization, and tourism, with a view to understanding what this means for fiction writers interested in writing about such topics. Some questions we might ask include: What do we mean by terms such as 'wilderness' or 'nature'? To whom does 'nature' belong, and what are the differing or contradictory ways in which different groups of individuals interpret and navigate it? How do we, as creative writers, write about the environment, especially in the current moment, in a manner that is urgent, ethical and fresh? If we believe in the power of fiction to change the world around us, what tools of craft do we have at our disposal to imagine a future we want to live in? This course is a seminar-workshop hybrid, i.e. the first half of the semester will be spent reading and discussing assigned books, the second half of the semester will be a workshop in which students write and discuss their own stories.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Namwali Serpell, THE OLD DRIFT; Jeff Vandermeer, ANNIHILATION; Wu Ming-Yi, THE MAN WITH THE COMPOUND EYES; N.K. Jemisin, THE FIFTH SEASON; Jamaica Kincaid, A SMALL PLACE; Pitchaya Sudbanthad, BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
|Examinations and Assignments:
In-class presentation, craft essay (6-8 pages), short story (14-16 pages), weekly responses to assigned texts
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements: CW requirement, CW 300-level course, CW upper-level CW workshop, elective.
The English department highly recommends that students be enrolled in only one CW course in a semester. If you are admitted to more than one CW course, the department requests that you choose one and let the instructors know during Adjustment Period. By doing so you will be considerate of instructors and other students.
Satisfies Level II of the Writing Certificate.
Professor Pfister will act on POI requests but is not the instructor for this course.
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