Bodies of Water: Literature, Justice & Ecology

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Water: Lit., Justice & Ecology
Fall 2024
Taught By: Alison Kinney
Section: A

CRN: 17257

Credits: 4

The nonfiction literature of bodies of water and watery bodies explores swimming pools, pipelines, borders, beaches, and beverage bottles. We might rethink water through our memories and histories and through those of Harriet Tubman, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, Wendy Walters, Colson Whitehead, Julie Otsuka, and Robin Wall Kimmerer. Students will discuss water's literally fluid meanings through historic and contemporary poetry, analysis, memoir, science, 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: marine life, agriculture, storms, drought, fracking, Standing Rock, Flint, shipping, and shores. Coursework includes discussion, creative/researched papers/presentations, teaching facilitations, and journaling. What can we learn, say, and write about the substance that flows through our veins, our taps, and the land we live on?

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:02am EDT 6/20/2024