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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Theoretical texts by Leo Marx, Annette Kolodny, Lawrence Buell, Richard Slotkin, among others.
Primary texts by such writers as Jefferson, Crevecoeur, Bartram, Boone, Kirkland, Chesnutt, Jewett, Garland, Cather, Silko, Thoreau, and Abbey.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Frequent short papers and a final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
NOTE: This course fulfills the English Department's research requirement for honors candidates.
|Instructor(s): Stowe,William W. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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