ENGL 736 (01) - Environmental Theory

Environmental Theory

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 16151
Theoretical approaches to nature writing. Topics vary but may include eco-memoirs, environmental rhetoric, native peoples and the land, land and national identity, animals in literature, and environmental activist non-fiction. May be repeated for credit if topic differs.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Cross listed with : ENGL 897.N01
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Brigitte Bailey

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm HS 240
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2024 Detailed Description:

How can we talk about environmental crisis? What words can we use to represent the natural world—and human interactions with it? Is it possible to describe nature without cultural projections? How can language change vision, policy, action? In this course, we will grapple with the urgent need to articulate environmental issues by reading contemporary ecocritics who are inventing vocabularies to do so, such as Rob Nixon on “slow violence” and Stacy Alaimo on “trans-corporeality.” We’ll also read 19th-21st century nature writers, poets, and fiction writers who write about different environments from different perspectives, shaped in part by race, gender, and indigeneity, from Henry David Thoreau and Mary Austin to Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez, Joy Harjo, and Octavia Butler. We’ll explore ecofeminism, environmental justice, postcolonial ecology, and the concept of the Anthropocene.

Writing intensive. Satisfies a post-1800 literature requirement for English majors. In fall 2024, this class fulfills a DH (Digital Humanities) requirement for the TBD major. ENGL 736 is an approved elective for the Sustainability Dual Major. Undergraduate students taking this class for Women’s and Gender Studies credit will write papers that focus on women writers or on gender and the environment. Graduate students taking 897N will write a graduate-level research paper; those taking 897N for credit towards a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies will also write such a paper and will focus their written work on women writers, ecofeminist theory, or gender and the environment. Finally, ENGL 736 is a good choice for honors work. If you are an Honors-in-Major English student and would like to take this as an honors course, please talk to me during the first week of class.

This course satisfies the Literature after 1800 requirement for English Majors. 

This course satisfies one of two Post-1800 Literature requirement for English LIterature, English/Journalism, English: TBD, English/Law 3+3 Majors. 

This course may count as one of two Literature courses taken at the 600/700 level for English Teaching majors. 

This course satisfies the DH Component requirement for ENGL:TBD majors. 

This course may be taken for Capstone credit by general ENGLISH majors following requirement guidelines in place prior to Fall 2023. Fill out a Capstone Declaration form (available in the main English office,  Ham Smith 230F) if you wish to declare it as Capstone. 

Booklist

Book Details
MAINE WOODS (89)
by THOREAU
Required
ISBN
978014017013 9
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
SILENT SPRING:ANNIVERSARY EDITION ((REV)02)
by CARSON
Required
ISBN
978061824906 0
PUBLISHER
HARP PUB
ECOCRITICISM:ESSENTIAL READER (15)
by HILTNER
Required
ISBN
978041550860 5
PUBLISHER
TAYLOR
PARABLE OF THE SOWER-W/NEW FORWARD (19)
by BUTLER
Required
ISBN
978153873218 2
PUBLISHER
HACHETTE B
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