In this introductory course, we’ll read excerpts from classic and contemporary work by American environmental writers (e.g., Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, Rachel Carson) as well as work from England, Scotland, Australia, and Netherlands, among other places. We’ll discuss the international extinction crisis in the Anthropocene; E.O. Wilson’s theory of Biophilia.; the promise of shinrinyoku; sustainability; and the science and politics of climate change. Students will keep nature journals and complete a written project of their choice in any genre (poetry; memoir; fiction; expository essay).
There will be two field trips: one a class-period-length trip to hike Terrell’s Island (on Lake Buttes Des Morts); the second a longer excursion to Aldo Leopold’s Shack and Nature Center near Baraboo, Wisconsin.
English 243 will count in the English/Creative Writing Minor with curriculum modification from Dr. Margaret Hostetler, Department Chair.
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