ENGL 265 A: Introduction to Environmental Humanities

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:40am - 11:50am
ACC 120
Joint Sections: 
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Edward Ned Schaumberg

Syllabus Description:

Description: While the study of representations of the environment in literary text has been historically focused on non-fiction nature writing from the United States, rich traditions of environmentalism and environmental literature have developed around the world, both in response to American thinking and independent of it.  This course examines a series of literary texts from around the globe that take up novel conceptions of environment and human interactions with it, alongside selected pieces of scholarship and theory that help situate these literary texts into a holistic sense of what a “global environment” means in the late twentieth-century.


Course Objectives:


  • Develop the vocabulary necessary to discuss the breadth of cultural positions across the planet and the ways in which cultures do not experience “the global environment” in the same ways.
  • Encounter texts from a range of cultural traditions, and discuss those texts in a collaborative, exploratory way
  • Explore lines of inquiry about the environment and the way it is represented and discussed in literary texts
  • Practice writing focused arguments about a specific question pertaining to representations of the environment in literature, using both primary and scholarly evidence to support a claim
Catalog Description: 
Introduces the study of the environment through literature, culture, and history. Topics include changing ideas about nature, wilderness, ecology, pollution, climate, and human/animal relations, with particular emphasis on environmental justice and the unequal distribution of environmental crises, both globally and along class, race and gender lines.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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October 17, 2018 - 10:40pm