Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies|
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)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENVS)
Essays by Leo Marx, Annette Kolodny, William Cronon.
Selections from Jefferson, Douglass, Crevecoeur, Boone, Emerson, Thoreau.
Stories, novels, and essays by Willa Cather, Jane Smiley, Jon Krakauer, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Frequent short responses and a research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's research seminar requirement for senior thesis writers. This course also contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration.