En/Ev250 Environmental Literature: Our Relationship with the Earth 4 credits
This seminar course examines how essayists, poets, naturalists, novelists and activists have approached living in the natural world. Beginning with the wisdom of ancient peoples in their creation myths and stories, human awareness of a response to the nonhuman world will be traced both historically and thematically through contemporary times. Students will be challenged to delve deeply into their own views, prejudices, ideas and longings in regard to their place as inhabitants on this planet. Writers covered include native peoples, early explorers of North America, William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Gary Snyder, Barry Lopez, Mary Oliver and Leslie Marmon Silko as well as a survey of other writers placed in an historical context.