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SPAN-498 Literature and Environment
Fall for 2014-2015
  • Vieira, Patricia
  • The past decade has witnessed exponentially growing interest in ecocriticism, a new subfield of literary studies and film criticism. Ecocriticism’s rise to prominence in literature and cinema has been paralleled by novel philosophical approaches to the ontology of animals and plants. In this course, we will discuss how literary and cinematic works allow readers to imagine how the world would look (and, perhaps, feel) like from the standpoint of animals and plants. The goal of the class is to rethink current approaches to the environment and to understand ongoing discussions on environmental ethics and politics. We will read, among other, works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Francis Ponge, J. M. Coetzee and Manuel Barros, and analyze movies such as Birds (Alfred Hitchcok) and Avatar (James Cameron).
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None
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