Syllabus


Please Note: This syllabus is a plan for the semester. However, either I or we as a class may decide to modify the schedule as the term unfolds, adding readings, providing additional time for assignments, or changing due dates.

Date Readings Assignments
January
26 T "The Dome" by Steven Millhauser (handout)
"The Dome" read by Alec Baldwin for Selected Shorts
 
28 Th WHAT IS ECOCRITICISM?
Defining Ecocritical Theory and Practice (Sixteen Position Papers from the 1994 Western Literature Association Meeting)
Ecocriticism at the MLA: A Roundtable (ASLE News 11.1 (Spring 1999))
 
February
2 T "Introduction," The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture by Lawrence Buell (Handout)
"Ecocritiscm, Literary Theory, and the Truth of Ecology" by Dana Phillips (New Literary Theory, 1990, 30, 577-602)
 
4 Th First Paper Assignment

ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL THOUGHT

Genesis 1.1-3.24
"The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis" by Lynn White, Jr. ER 3-14
 
9 T

"The Land Ethic" by Aldo Leopold

 
11 Th "The Geese" by E.B. White (handout)
"Trailhead" by E.O. Wilson
 
16 T Bibliographic Research: Meeting in the Library
 
18 Th "Cultivating the American Garden" by Frederick Turner. ER 40-51
"Pastoral, Anti-Pastoral, Post-Pastoral" by Terry Gifford. GSR 219-222
"The Machine in the Garden" by Leo Marx. GSR 1-5-108.
Short Paper Due
23 T Seminar Paper Prospectus
"The Tragedy of the Commons" by Garrett Hardin
"Extension of The Tragedy of the Commons" by Garrett Hardin
"Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism" by William Rueckert. ER 105-123.
 
25 Th "Introduction" and "The Discourse of Nature" from What is Nature? by Kate Soper (handout)
"Is Nature Necessary?" by Dana Phillips. ER 204-222
"Revaluing Nature: Toward an Ecological Criticism" by Glen A. Love ER 225-240.
 
March
2 T

LITERARY CASE STUDIES 1: William Wordsworth
"Primary Laws" by William Wordsworth. GSR 17-20
"William Wordsworth: Poetry, Chemistry, Nature" by John F. Danby. GSR 44-49

Selected poems by William Wordsworth

Paper prospectus due
4 Th

Annotated Bibliography
Jonathan Bate. "The Place of Poetry" (handout)

 
9 T LITERARY CASE STUDIES 2: Ecofeminism
"Naturalized Woman and Feminized Nature" by Kate Soper. GSR 139-143
Unearthing Herstory: An Introduction" by Annette Kolodny ER 170-181
 
11 Th

"Ecofeminist Dialogics" by Patrick D. Murphy. GSR 193-197
Sarah Orne Jewett. "A White Heron."

Annotated Bibiliography due
13-21 Spring Vacation  
23 T Student Presentation: Erin Pruckno
John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath, Chapters 1, 3, 8, 19, 25, 28
 
25 Th "The Bible and The Grapes of Wrath" by H. Kelly Crockett
"Ecology in The Grapes of Wrath" by Jack Nimitz
 
30 T Student Presentation:Sarah Tansey
John Muir. "A Wind-storm in the Forests." from The Mountains of California (1894). ( Class handout)
Edward Abbey. The Monkey Wrench Gang. (Excerpts. Class handout)
First Section of Research Paper Due (8-10 pages)
April
1 Th "Many shades of green, or ecofiction is in the eye of the reader" by Donna Seaman (handout)
"The Religion and Politics of Earth First!" by Bron Taylor (handout)
 
6 T Student Presentation: Dani Crickman
Selections from The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (handout)
The Well of Loneliness, contexts and synopsis
 
8 Th "Maculinity, Modernism and the Ambivalence of Nature: Sexual Inversion as Queer Ecology in The WEll of Loneliness" by Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands
'"Everything is out of Place:: Radclyffe Hall and the Lesbian Literary Tradition' by Gillian Whitlock
 
13 T Student Presentation: Rebecca Rawling
Jane Eyre, Contexts and synopsis
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Parts I and II
 
15 Th Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Part III
"The Sargasso Sea" by Rachel L. Carson (handout)

20 T Student Presentation: Chris Jacobsen
The Poetry of Robert Frost
Research Paper Draft Due
Critiques
22 Th    
27 T Workshop  
29 Th Workshop  

May

4 T Course Evaluations Research Paper Final Version due