Nature Description: Literature and Theory|
Fall 2020 not offered
What happens to the world when we describe it using language? What happens to language? Do different modes of description and figurative language do different things to the world? Might we think of such modes--and the literary genres that offer them--as tools that help us approach and understand nature? And in what ways do these modes and the unexamined assumptions that structure them limit what we can see? How much can we really know about nature as it is, in itself, outside of our representational strategies? Further, how have modes of description changed over time, and what can we today learn from studying other ways of understanding how language reflects, touches, and transforms the material world?
This course will grapple with big questions about nature, language, literary form, and human minds--as well as the complex interactions between and among these. We will seek answers by attending closely to both literary and theoretical texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Texts by Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, Anne Finch, Daniel Defoe, William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Glück, M.H. Abrams, Max Black, Georg Lukács, Paul de Man, Raymond Williams, Donna Haraway, Barbara Johnson, Lorraine Daston, Rebecca Solnit, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, Heather Love, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers, a presentation, and a final project
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the Theory & Literary Forms concentration of the English major.
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