ENGL 312
Ecocriticism Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ENVI 315 / ENGL 312

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How does the human imagination encounter its environment? This overarching question is of particular importance now, as the humanities struggle to address the ecological crises of our time. We┬┐ll read selections from the long tradition of environmentally-minded literary works in order to historicize concepts of nature and wilderness, as well as from more recent theoretical and creative writing that reflects an increasing awareness of climate change, toxic waste and pollution, habitat loss and species extinction, population expansion, and other forms of environmental catastrophe. Finally, we will explore via our own writing the ethical and aesthetic imperative to find ways of imagining this ever-changing relation between the imagination and the environment.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 4028
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged participation; one 5- to 7-page paper and one final 12- to 15-page paper; frequent GLOW posts; and a creative journal
Prerequisites: 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, or consent of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: majors in English or Environmental Studies
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 315 Division I ENGL 312 Division I
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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