English 190n. Writing Nature: Creativity, Poetry, Ethics, Science

Instructor: James Engell
Terms: Spring Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2 pm | Location: Barker 024

What can writing tell us about nature and the relation of humans to it? Readings in William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson, who form a tradition blending poetry, ethics, and science. Additional nature and conservation writing (e.g., Susan Fenimore Cooper, Theodore Roosevelt), recent poets (e.g., Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Jorie Graham) and prose writers (e.g., Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, John Elder). Critical papers assigned, also individual nature writing as essays or poems.

What can writing tell us about nature and the relation of humans to it?  Readings in William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson, who form a tradition blending poetry, ethics, and science.  Additional nature and conservation writing (e.g., Susan Fenimore Cooper, Theodore Roosevelt), recent poets (e.g., Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver), and prose writers (e.g., Annie Dillard, Bill McKibben, Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry).  Assignments include creative work and field notes as well as critical essays.

Note: This course includes one additional hour of discussion section.

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