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ENGL 1703 Humans, Nature, and Creativity (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

While nature is routinely imagined as something apart from humans, there is also an age-old tradition of mixing them up. Nature has often taken on human qualities and humans have become naturalized. This course explores this collapsing with the help of literature from antiquity to the present. These include works by Virgil, Sophocles, Marvell, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Rachel Carson, and Emily St. John Mandel. In what contexts might we want to maintain this distinction? Can critiquing this distinction help us to think about pressing environmental issues in insightful and original ways? What kind of balance can we strike between these categories?

Instructor(s): Min Song

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Enduring Questions. For freshmen only.

Last Updated: 27-Mar-17