Lost World/New World: Literature and the Anthropocene|
Fall 2016 not offered
The world we live in today is lost. Within a few decades, we will be living in a radically transformed, radically new world: hotter, more chaotic, with wilder weather and higher seas. How do we make sense of this change? How have humans used literature to try to understand climate change in the past? In this course, we will track "lost worlds" and "new worlds" from ancient Sumeria to 17th-century England to the intergalactic future, thinking throughout about how these texts might inform our history while enlightening our contemporary predicament.
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THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
Daniel Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
William Blake, THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL
Arthur Conan Doyle, THE LOST WORLD
William T. Vollmann, THE RIFLES
John Steinbeck, THE GRAPES OF WRATH
J.G. Ballard, THE DROWNED WORLD
Frank Herbert, DUNE
Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION
and other short readings.
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This will be a writing intensive course. Students will complete five short essays (3-4pp), with revision, and a longer project (8-10 pp).
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