Cultural Representations: Literature and the Environment: Imagining Asia and the Pacific

Course Number: ENGL 122AP
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2011
Instructor: Shewry, Teresa
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: SH 1430
Description:

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different. This course explores the environment as a site of imagination via the works of literary writers and filmmakers who have tried to take their readers beneath the seas, over the ice sheets, across islands and continents and beyond into space. We will read an international selection of environmental texts and films from Asia and the Pacific, focusing on the genres of science fiction and fantasy. How did “environmental crisis” become a way in which to understand and live in the contemporary world, and imagine pasts and futures? What narrative strategies do literary (and other) texts use to orient us towards struggles over scientific abilities to make and re-make life? How do they position us towards conflicts over the meanings and uses of water or of butterflies and their rainforests? What might these texts tell us about how the planet looks from different perspectives around the world? Through readings and discussions, students will engage with the basic histories, critical terms, and debates surrounding the study of environment in literary studies and the humanities.

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