English | American Literature since 1914
L354 | 11937 | Christoph Irmscher

Christoph Irmscher

11937 - 1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

TOPIC:  “Environmental Ethics, Environmental Evasions”

In this class we will interpret the term “literature” as widely as
we can, in order to understand how a variety of American writers and
artists have responded to environmental change and/or decline.  We
will be reading fictional texts (by Faulkner, Steinbeck, and
Hurston), non-fictional texts (by Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Scott
Russell Sanders, Jamaica Kincaid) as well as texts that push beyond
generic boundaries (such as James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous
Men).   And we will enrich our discussion with frequent forays into
the visual arts, looking at works by painters such as Alexandre
Hogue, photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Rosamond
Purcell, and Subhankar Banerjee, and “land artists” such as Robert
Smithson.  Writing assignments will range from short blog postings
to more formal essays.  The final project for the course will be a
collaborative research project.