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/ ENVI 378
What do we mean by “nature”? How do we understand the relationships between “nature” and “culture”? In this course we will examine how various American writers have attempted to render conceptions of “nature” in literary form. We will compare treatments of various kinds of natural environments and trace the philosophical and stylistic traditions within the nature writing genre. The authors to be considered include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, William Faulkner, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Ursula LeGuin, and Wendell Berry.
Format: seminar; discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
two 10-page papers, regular class attendance, and participation in discussions
a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
English majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives