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Reading Earth

Our current climate debate might lead some to ask "Is science dead?" and others to ask "What do we really care about?" These course offerings weave together concepts of nature, culture, politics and science to shed light on how we are responding (or not responding) to fundamental changes in nature. By exploring representations of nature and the relations between human beings and nature in literature, the cluster casts a literary lens on this fundamentally interdisciplinary topic.

Courses in this Cluster (Fall 2020):

  • English 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature (Reading and Writing at the End of the World)
  • English 290 - Representing Wildlife
  • English 320 - Lit & Environment (Gender, Sexuality, and the Environment)
  • English 328 - Environmental Writing
  • English 344 - Great Lakes Writers Corps
  • English 350 - The Human and the Inhuman in the Natural World
  • English 360 - The Rise of the Novel: An Environmental Approach
  • English 447 - Modern Drama (Eco-Theatre: Staging Climate Crisis)

Related Fields/Majors:

This course cluster may be of special interest not only to literature students, but also to students in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, History, and Political Science.