Fall 2006 not offered
The United States has often been called "nature's nation." This course will explore some of the ways in which American writers from the revolutionary period to the present have depicted relations between their fellow citizens and the natural world. Paying special attention to exploration, farming, and the "back to the land" movement, we will raise questions about national identity and values, rural ideology, utopianism, and the foundations of the environmental movement.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENVS)
Essays by Leo Marx, Annette Kolodny, Lawrence Buell.
Selections from Thomas Jefferson, St. Jean Crevecoeur, William Bartram, John Filson.
Stories, novels, and essays by Charles Chesnutt, Hamlin Garland, Willa Cather, Leslie Marmon Silko, Henry Thoreau, Scott and Helen Nearing, Jane Smiley.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Frequent short papers and a final research project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Departments research requirement for honors candidates.
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