352. GS: Contemporary Literature and the Environment.

A study of the contemporary literary response to rising national
interest in the natural world and rising awareness about the danger
to natural resources. Readings are predominantly in prose (novels
and essays), with some poetry included. Among the questions the
authors ask: as we approach the natural world, how can we move
beyond metaphors of dominion? What are the biases of gender,
geography and culture that we bring to our inquiry? What is the
relationship between the human and the “natural”? What does it
mean to fully invest ourselves in our local environment? Prerequisites:
English 250 and one other 200-level English course. Also offered
as Environmental Studies 352, and through Outdoor Studies.