Nature Description: Literature and Theory|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
What happens to the world when we describe it using language? What happens to language? How much can we really know about nature as it is, in itself, outside of our representational strategies? In what ways do different kinds of description--and the often unexamined assumptions that structure them--limit what we can see? Do different modes of description and figurative language do different things to the world? And what do they do *in* the world--what ideological or political work? How, in short, does language reflect, touch, and transform the material world?
This course will grapple with big questions about nature, language, race, class, history, science, literary form, and human minds, as well as the complex interactions between and among these. We will seek answers by attending closely to literary, scientific, and theoretical texts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Nature writing by Richard Powers, Tommy Pico, Rebecca Solnit, Louise Glück, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ross Gay, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Virgil, and others; science writing across centuries; and theoretical texts by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Bruno Latour, Lorraine Daston, Donna Haraway, Paul de Man, Raymond Williams, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
frequent response papers, a presentation, and a final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of English major requirements: Theory, elective
|Instructor(s): Smith,Courtney Weiss Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: DWNY200; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 3|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 4||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 3|