Nature, Literature and Ecological Change

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Nature, Lit & Eco Change

Spring 2019

Taught By: Elaine Savory

Section: A

CRN: 7191

Credits: 4

This course explores new approaches to literary texts (which may include fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry) founded in ecological awareness. Such approaches first require that we think about the cultural formations of nature and how these have been represented in literature (such as those of Romanticism, early and late, British and in the United States.) We will examine concepts of social ecology (associated with Murray Bookchin) and literary ecology (Hubert Zapf) and see how this can inform literary analysis. Other positions from which to read literary texts will include postcolonial ecocriticism (also thinking about whether environmentalism is inherently neocolonial), and ecofeminist/queer ecology. We shall also think about the role of nationalism and global consciousness in framing ecological discourse. The course will have both primary literary texts and secondary materials to frame the approaches we will explore.

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: Open*

*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: 4:45am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019