Spring 2012 not offered
From Thoreau's assault on Mount Katahdin to Alexander Supertramp's fatal adventures; from Catherine Maria Sedgwick's 1827 tale of Native Americans and Puritans to Chickasaw novelist Linda Hogan's fictional account of the dislocation of Canadian First People, American writers have explored the borders between culture and nature, "civilization" and "wilderness." After an introduction to contemporary border theory as well as critical discussions of the ways in which North Americans have defined such crucial terms as "nature," "wilderness," and "environment," we will examine works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the last 200 years to discover how some of our greatest writers have imagined the relations between human beings and "the wild." Throughout the semester we will also ask what these writers have to tell us about our place on a threatened planet and what role imaginative literature has to play in the wider environmental conversation.
Attention will be paid to critical writing. Depending upon student interest there may also be the opportunity to practice other modes of writing.
Attention will be paid to the interpretation of works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as well as the representation of landscape in written and pictorial form.
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Weekly brief response papers; three essays; final project or take-home exam.
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