From Sea to Shining Sea

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

From Sea to Shining Sea

Fall 2019

Taught By: Alison Kinney

Section: A

CRN: 7766

Credits: 4

This course will explore nonfiction literature through bodies of water--and our own bodies with and without water. By reading, discussing, researching, and writing the U.S. literature of waterways and water use, we will explore trade routes, swimming pools, pipelines, borders, fountains, beaches, and bottles. We might rethink water through our memories and histories--and through those of Mark Twain, Harriet Tubman, Herman Melville, Jesmyn Ward, Jenny Zhang, and Michelle Cliff. Students will discuss water's literally fluid meanings through nature and science writing, historic and contemporary analysis and memoir, activism, art, and even their own littoral exploration. Through course readings and students' research into the bodies of water that intrigue them most, we will discuss literary forms and approaches to topics such as: geothermal springs, the Mississippi, hurricanes, the Rio Grande, fracking, irrigation, Standing Rock, drought, Great Salt Lake, Flint, and Coney Island. Coursework includes classroom discussion, presentations, written responses, exercises, and a long creative/researched paper. What can we learn, and what do we know, about the substance that flows through our veins 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: 15

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: 8:00am 9/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 458

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019