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The American Landscaping in Painting, Literature, Science and the Popular Imagination

ENVS 275
Spring 2017
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ARHA 275, AMST 275
Certificates: Environmental Studies

In a time of global warming, the issue of man's relationship with the natural landscape has never been more pressing. The course will focus on how the field of 19th century American landscape painting helped stimulate new ideas about man's place in the environment -- for example spurring the creation of America's National Parks as well as of city parks and greenspaces designed to look natural, such as Central Park in New York. This course will will also explore the notion of landscape more largely. What is our personal landscape and how does it help define our personal identity? How can you detect traces of history in the landscape? In what ways is the American landscape unique and how did scientists, writers and painters discover and respond to these qualities? How should we respond to the crisis of global warming which is rapidly transforming and upending our familiar landscape and even placing human existence at risk?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENVS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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