Rachel Carson: Ecoactivist Writer

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Rachel Carson: Ecoactivist

Spring 2021

Taught By: Elaine Savory

Section: A

CRN: 8572

Credits: 4

In 1962, Rachel Carson, battling terminal breast cancer, published a book called Silent Spring. She had won the National Book Award for The Sea Around Us in 1952. Both books became best-sellers. She was both a superb writer and a biologist who researched marine life, bringing environmental science and literature into powerful integration. Silent Spring provoked environmental consciousness in readers, which led to a demand for regulations and clean-up in the U.S., and eventually to the establishment of the EPA. Carson was a great popularizer of important information about environmental danger. Her second book The Sea Around Us became a film, showing the visual power of her writing. This course explores Carson’s “ocean trilogy”( Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea) as well as her game-changing Silent Spring. We shall explore her writing strategies as well as her decisions about how to present science. She was a woman in a male-dominated scientific world and her gender was used to dismiss her credibility as a scientist. We also need to understand the era in which she lived- a post-second world war, then Cold War era in which industrialized farming accelerated helped by toxic herbicides and nuclear tests produced “fall-out.” Carson linked these two poisons together in her work. This course will interest students in a wide variety of disciplines including literary studies, environmental studies, history, natural sciences, gender studies, journalism and media studies. All are welcome.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 1:11am 4/14/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021