- Course Number: ENGL 236
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 236
- Quarter: Winter 2023
This course will survey recent scholarship and fiction in the Ocean Humanities published almost entirely within the last five years. Readings will examine a variety of oceanic forms and formations that enfold the social, political, and multispecies relations. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to the specific ways that the ocean encourages and even necessitates thinking with social forms, economic forms, media forms, and lifeforms; for example, how the ocean has been crossed and saturated by economic forms like Capitalism and the law, how military funding has shaped oceanography, and how even empire recognizes, in organisms like coral, a model for itself. We will also examine how different genres—literary fiction, the guidebook, the field guide, speculation, humor, and poetry—offer different formal strategies for engaging with ocean justice and decolonial strategies. By the end of the course, students should be able to creatively engage ways of thinking with and through the ocean and its many form(ation)s.