Surveys the history of environmentalist thinking as it has been reflected in literary texts. Examines key ideas of environmentalism and questions of representation, literary value and political relevance. Authors include Thoreau, Faulkner, Abbey, Lopez and Jeffers, as well as a few non-American writers. Texts include memoirs, essays, novels and poems.
To create a blog comprised of a series of writing exercises by each student in the class. Each blog post needed to respond both to an assigned reading, and to a specific place that could be located on the blog map. Each post thus involves critical engagement, creative writing, and experience and observation of the physical world.
Nature Writing Blog - Created Fall, 2012
Take advantage of an online space to represent the natural world and experience in it. Students were encouraged to think about including sound and picture files, and to post responses to each other’s entries.
Students did respond to each others’ posts, and professor graded and gave extensive feedback on each one.