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American Environmental Literature
This course will explore conceptions of nature--and the social, biological, and climatological implications-- through examination of literature with an emphasis on sustainability.
Two critical essays, a midterm, a group presentation, and a portfolio; various short writing assignments.
Regular attendance is expected and poor attendance will adversely affect your participation grade.
Bartram, selections from The Travels of William Bartram
Thoreau, Walden**, "Walking," selections from The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, and other essays.
Emerson, selected essays
Whitman, selected poems
Dickinson, select poems
Muir, selections from A Thousand Mile Walk and The Yosemite
Leopold, A Sand County Almanac**
Carson, selections from Silent Spring
Abbey, selections from Desert Solitaire
Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek**
Silko, selections from Ceremony
Berry, selected essays
Wilson, selections from The Future of Life, selections from Biophilia
Ray, Janisse Ecology of a Cracker Childhood**
Haskell, The Forest Unseen**
**Note: you are welcome to get electronic or paper versions. All of the shorter works will be delivered electronically.