LITR 7003 - Literature and Nature, 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): COMP 1503 with D or better

Level: Upper

Course Attributes: Gen Ed - Humanities, Liberal Arts and Science

This course explores the relationship between humans and the natural world expressed in the literary form of nature writing. The thematic movement from discovery and description to environment, ecology, ecocriticism, and sustainability will be emphasized. Readings will be concentrated in American Literature, but works from other countries and cultures will be included. A variety of literary genres, including poems, journals, nonfiction essays, short stories, travel narratives, and excerpts from novels and nonfiction books will be examined. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the canon of nature writing and to track this literary movement into emerging texts that examine the political, environmental, and technological themes of ecology and sustainability in contemporary culture. Students will be required to write a substantial research paper that analyzes an issue directly related to their major, and they will present their research at the end of the semester. Short writing exercises and exams will also be required. Class sessions will center on student participation and debate, and discussions and writing strategies will employ principles of sound reasoning, critical thinking, and Information Literacy skills.