Topics in Literature: Literature and the Environment

Course Number: ENGL 165LE
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2014
Instructor: Gilmore, Timothy
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1119

In a time of ever worsening ecological crisis, exploitation of resources, and oppression of and violence toward animals, it is important to understand the dominant attitudes we hold toward what we call nature and the species with whom we inhabit the planet. The purpose of this course is to begin asking questions about what nature is and how our understanding of it facilitates its exploitation and about how we relate to animals and why. These questions provide an opportunity for us to rethink some basic assumptions we tacitly hold that have led us to our contemporary apocalyptic moment. We will be reading a variety of literary works—poetry, fiction, philosophy, nature writing, film—to aid us in this project.