Nonfiction Elective: From Sea to Shining Sea

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

From Sea to Shining Sea

Spring 2022

Taught By: Alison Kinney

Section: A

CRN: 7545

Credits: 4

The nonfiction literature of bodies of water and watery bodies explores trade routes, swimming pools, pipelines, borders, fountains, beaches, and bottles. We might rethink water through our memories and histories—and through those of Harriet Tubman, Herman Melville, Rachel Carson, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Elissa Washuta. Students will discuss water's literally fluid meanings through historic and contemporary analysis and memoir, nature and science writing, poetry, activism, art, and their own littoral explorations. Through readings and student research into waters of their choice, we will discuss literary forms and approaches to topics such as: the Mississippi, hurricanes, the Rio Grande, fracking, Standing Rock, drought, Flint, swimming, shipping, and shores. Coursework includes classroom discussion, presentations, teaching facilitations, journals, and a creative/researched paper. What can we learn, say, and write about the substance that flows through our veins, our borders, and, sometimes, through our taps?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 10:12pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 7:00pm - 8:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022