English 166

Special Topics: Studies in Literature and Environment (Shelter and Weather)


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2017 Francois, Anne-Lise
MWF 3-4 255 Dwinelle Special Topics

Other Readings and Media

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Description

What makes environmental violence hard to represent and how can literature bear witness to the silence, slowness, and invisibility of ecological relations? Of what use is the problematic concept of “nature” in ordering our relations to other living beings?  What kinds of literacy are required to have “a sense of place” or a knowledge of the seasons? Is such literacy comparable to the kind of attention that reading poetry often demands? This course will address these questions by examining the role of language and literature in making possible different kinds of interaction between people and environments.  Other topics will include; relations between rural workers and landscape tourists; the role of memory and imagination in writing about place and the loss of place; weather-reporting and other ways of counting time; fantasies about ecological disaster and science’s ability to save or destroy humankind; figures of shelter and exposure.   

Books (available at University Press Books, not the Cal Student Store): Mary Austin, Land of Little Rain; Matsuo Bashō, Narrow Road to the Deep North; Rachel Carson, Silent Spring; Ann Fisher-Worth and Laura-Gray Street, The Ecopoetry Anthology; Greg Sarris, Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Henry Thoreau, Walden; Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmereand Alfoxden Journals

A reader with critical readings by Berger, Davis, Heidegger, Nixon, Solnit, Thompson, Vivieros de Castro, Galeano, Williams, & others

Films: Baichwal/Burtynsky, Manufactured Landscapes; Haynes, Safe; Herzog, Grizzly Man; Scott, Bladerunner; Varda, The Gleaners and I; ZhangKe Jia, Still Life

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Comedy & Violence Flynn, Catherine
166/2 Special Topics: Romantic Science Goldstein, Amanda Jo
166/3 Special Topics: Classical & Renaissance Drama Knapp, Jeffrey
166/4 Special Topics: Marxism & Literature Lye, Colleen
166/5 Special Topics: Emily Dickinson Shoptaw, John
166/6 Special Topics: Speculative Fiction Jones, Donna V.
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/3 Special Topics: Black Science Fiction Serpell, C. Namwali
166/4 Special Topics: Writing Poetry and Nonfiction, Writing as Social Practice Giscombe, Cecil S.
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Marxism and Literature Lye, Colleen
166/3 Special Topics: Slavery and Conspiracy Wagner, Bryan
166/4 Special Topics: Literature in the Century of Film Goble, Mark
166/5 Special Topics: Modern Irish Literature Falci, Eric
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Aesthetics and the Environment in the Eighteenth Century Picciotto, Joanna M
166/2 Special Topics: Vladimir Nabokov Naiman, Eric
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/2 Special Topics: Elizabethan Renaissance: Art, Culture, and Visuality Honig, Elizabeth
Fall, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Epistles: The Letter in Life and Literature Thornbury, Emily V.
166/2 Special Topics: Where the Wild Things Are: Empire and Travel Writing Saha, Poulomi
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Scotland and Romanticism Duncan, Ian
166/2 Special Topics: Literature in the Century of Film Goble, Mark
166/3 Special Topics: The Works of Vladimir Nabokov Naiman, Eric

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