Schedule of Readings and Assignments
Please note the following regarding the schedule:
1) The dates indicate the days that readings are due.
2) This schedule is subject to change. We may wish to linger over some texts and treat others more briefly, depending on where our discussions take us.

Week 1 Jan. 6 & 8: Welcome, Introductions
TUESDAY syllabus
THURSDAY introductions and writing sample

Week 2 Jan. 13 & 15: Nature and Culture in Conflict
Lynn White, Jr: “The historical roots of our ecologic crisis” by Lynn White Jr (in the Ecocriticism Reader)

Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto” (sent by email)

Week 3 Jan. 20 & 22: First Nature
Readings due:
Crèvecoeur: From Letters from an American Farmer (in Norton)
Crèvecoeur: From Sketches of Eighteenth century America (in Norton)
“The Land of Cockaigne” (linked from syllabus)
Bartram: From Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida (in Norton)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” (linked from syllabus)
William Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” (linked from syllabus)
Dorothy Wordsworth, from the Journal (in Norton)

David Thompson, from Narrative of His Explorations in Western America, 1784–1812 (in Norton)
John Wesley Powell, from Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries (in Norton)
Lewis and Clark, from The Journals of Lewis and Clark (in Norton)
Alison Byerly, “The Uses of Landscape” (in the Ecocriticism Reader)

Week 4 Jan. 26, 27 & 29: First Nature
MONDAY, January 26
Special Events:
Dr. Jane Caputi, 2-3 p.m. CU301
Talk title: “Anthropocene Obscene”
Dr. Lisa Swanstrom, 3-4 p.m. AL240
Workshop title: “Greening the Game”

Emerson, from Nature (in Norton)
Emerson, from Journals (in Norton)
Thoreau A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (in Norton)
Thoreau, from Walden: or, Life in the Woods (in Norton)
Thoreau, “Walking” (in Norton)
Thoreau, from The Maine Woods (in Norton)
Thoreau, from Journals (in Norton)

Walt Whitman, from Specimen Days and Collect (in Norton)
Walt Whitman, selections from Leaves of Grass: “As a Strong Bird…”; “Spider“; “Farm Picture“; “A Leaf for Hand…“; “Earth! my Likeness!”; “I Saw in Louisiana…“; “I Sing the Body Electric“; “I Will Take an Egg out of the Robin’s Nest”;
William Cullen Bryant, “Thanatopsis” (linked from syllabus)
Seldon Whitcomb, “Nature in Early American Literature” (linked from syllabus)

Week 5 Feb. 3 & 5: First Nature
Readings due:
Charles Darwin, from the Voyage of the Beagle (in Norton)
Charles Darwin, from On the Origin of Species (in Norton)
Charles Darwin, from The Descent of Man (in Norton)

Samuel Clemens, from Life on the Mississippi (in Norton)
John Muir, “A Wind-Storm in the Forests” (in Norton)
John Muir, from A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (excerpt, linked from syllabus)

Week 6 Feb. 10 & 12: Second Nature
Readings due:
Quiz 1 (covers reading and discussions through and including Muir)


Week 7 Feb. 17 & 19: Second Nature
Readings due:
Mary Austin, “The Land of Little Rain” (in Norton), Presentation by Courtney
Luther Standing Bear, “Nature” (in Norton), Presentation by Lynzy.
Nabokov, “Butterflies” (in Norton), Presentation by Stephanie.

cancelled: Richard Jefferies, “Absence of Design in Nature” (in Norton)

Aldo Leopold, from a Sand County Almanac (in Norton)
Sigurd Olson, “Northern Lights” (in Norton), Presentation by Kathryn
René Dubos, “A Family of Landscapes” (in Norton), Presentation by Susan

E.B. White, “A Slight Sound at Evening” (in Norton)
Fred Turner, “Cultivating the American Garden” (in the Ecocritism Reader)

Week 8 Feb. 24 & 26: Second Nature
Readings due:
Rachel Carson, “The Marginal World” (in Norton)
Presentation by Kelsey

Noel Perrin, “Pig Tales” (in Norton)
Presentation by Michelle

Edward Abbey, “The Serpents Of Paradise” (in Norton)
Presentation by Jenny

Edward Abbey, “The Great American Desert” (in Norton)
Presentation by Parker

Loren Eiseley, “The Judgment of Birds” (in Norton)
T.H. White, “The Snakes are About” (in Norton)
Edward Abbey, from The Monkeywrench Gang 

Edward O. Wilson, “The Bird Of Paradise” (in Norton)

Presentation by Melanie

Gary Snyder, “Ancient Forests of the Far West” (in Norton)

Presentation by Shannon

Maxine Kumin, “Silver Snaffles” (in Norton)
Ann Haymond Zwinger, “Of Red-Tailed Hawks and Black-Tailed Gnatcatchers” (in Norton)
John McPhee, “Under the Snow” (in Norton)

Week 9 March 3 & 5: SPRING BREAK, Class does not meet

Week 10 March 9, 10 & 12: Second Nature
MONDAY March 9 Special Event:
Dr. Mary Ann Gosser, AL240, 2-4 p.m.
Workshop title: “Active Blogs, Active Minds: CLEAN in Latin America & the Caribbean”

Ursula K. Le Guin, “A Very Warm Mountain” (in Norton)
Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction” (in Ecocriticism Reader)

Ursula K. Le Guin, Word for World Is Forest

Week 11 March 17 & 19: Third Nature
10 a.m. –11:15
Dr. Adam Spry: “Playing Indian: Gaming and Representations of Indigeneity.”

Screening and Discussion: Avatar

Week 12 March 24 & 26: Third Nature
Screening and Discussion: Avatar

Callenbach’s Ecotopia

Week 13 March 31 & 2: Third Nature
Readings due:
Upstream Color (film)
Diane Cook, “Bounty” (linked from syllabus)

Upstream Color (film)
Timothy Morton, “Dark Ecology” (linked from syllabus)

Week 14 April 7 & 9: Third Nature

Readings due:
Alice Walker, “Am I Blue?” (in Norton)
Maxine Hong Kingston, “A City Person Encountering Nature” (in Norton)
Evelyn White, “Black Women in the Wilderness” (in Norton)

Barry Lopez, from Arctic Dreams (in Norton)
Bill McKibben, from The End of Nature (in Norton)
Michael Pollan, “Weeds Are Us” (in Norton)


Week 15 April 14 & 16: Final Projects
Week 16 April 21 & 23: Final Projects

Other Important dates:
February 27 is the last day to withrdaw without receiving an “F” in the course.
March 2-8 is Spring break
April 23-29 is final exam week


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