Literature and the Environment: Engagement and Consciousness

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Lit & The Environment

Fall 2018

Taught By: Elaine Savory

Section: A

CRN: 7225

Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to a vitally important new field, called ecocriticism, which explores literary texts through the lens of environmental consciousness. We shall read major writers in the field such as Rachel Carson, Lawrence Buell, Rob Nixon, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy and Ursula Guin, exploring ways writers skillfully interpret science and other relevant knowledge to activate the environmental imagination .We shall discover issues concerning environmental activist –writers in different parts of the globe such as the U.S. , India and Nigeria, and think about how they utilize literary strategies in their texts. We shall consider how the environment is cast as an escapist fantasy in pastoral writing or in promotional literature for contemporary tourist or residential enclaves. Students from any discipline are welcome and no prior knowledge of experience of the course materials is necessary. Class members will develop skills in literary analysis and become familiar with significant aspects of this vital new field, key in developing responsible awareness of urgent environmental issues and encouraging innovative action.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:47pm 12/10/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 509

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018