Ecocriticism
General Catalog Course Title:
Research Seminar
Terms Offered:
Spring 2012

This course will begin by outlining the historical foundation of environmental literature and criticism in the twentieth century and move on to address what Joni Adamson calls the new third wave of ecocriticism, minority and transnational representations and criticisms of the environment that provide much needed “alternative” voices to a genre of writing that tends to be dominated by white U.S.-based perspectives of the wilderness. Establishing a dialogue between mainstream and minority ecocriticism, we will examine the unique aesthetic forms and forms of critique that emerge in minority environmental literature and seek to theorize the place of minority environmental literature within the broader rubric of ecocriticism. We will discuss issues of environmental conservation and preservation, environmental justice, food, the environmental impact of militarism and the value of human, nonhuman, and posthuman forms of life.

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