ENVI 348
Telling Stories about Climate Change: Cultures of the Anthropocene Spring 2020
Division II

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This environmental humanities seminar begins with the premise that our present climate crisis is a political project of globalization that simultaneously involves political economic and cultural processes. Causes and consequences of climate change can only be understood by examining the historical trajectories of carbon-based economic, political, and cultural systems in the 19th and 20th centuries. We trace the intellectual genealogy of modern climate science, literary engagements with the natural world, and discuss the politics of indigenous knowledge as related to extractivism. We pay particular attention to the narrative strategies that scientists and policymakers use to talk about climate, and we develop creative critiques of the dominant discourses. We use historical and cultural analysis to study social movement strategy and tactics among advocates for climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. We conclude with fiction and creative responses to climate crisis. How might history inform social movements for climate resilience? How can the arts, theater, and cultural production promote climate action?
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3999
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one short creative writing assignment; two short critical reviews (3-4 pages); final essay (10-15 pages)
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or instructor permission
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators and majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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