346. LT: American Literature and the Environment.

A study of the literary response to the taming of the American
wilderness. The course focuses on the close association of nature
and art in American literature, examining how American writers,
in shaping story and poem, have tried to reconcile the processes
and values associated with “wilderness” and “civilization.” Some
attention is given to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the
wilderness theme. Writers such as Crevecoeur, Jefferson, Cooper,
Thoreau, Melville, Twain, Whitman, Jewett, Frost, Faulkner, Cather,
Steinbeck, McPhee and Dillard are studied, as well as authors of works
not usually taught in surveys of American literature. Prerequisites:
English 250 and one other 200-level English course. Also offered
as Environmental Studies 346, and through Outdoor Studies.