2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENG 382 - Living Traditions: Henry David Thoreau

Few books are as strange, moving, provocative, and inspiring as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and it almost single-handedly created the mode of American nature writing. Taking Thoreau’s work as our gateway and working with Lawrence Buell’s concept of “the environmental imagination,” we
will explore other writers whose works were influenced by Thoreau and have influenced the way in which we engage the natural order. In coming to understand how it is that writers and the texts they create are situated in and influenced by the specifics of place and landscape, we will strive to develop an appreciation of an eco-centric aesthetic in literature and come to a greater awareness of the environmental underpinnings and ecological considerations of texts. We will read the works of nature writers in the tradition of nonfiction prose and narrative with some attention to poetry as well as works by theologians and eco-activist scholars-examining their legacies and seeking the lessons they teach.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200.

Offered Fall 2021 and Fall 2024.

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