Contemplating Nature: An Exploration of Representation of Landscape and the Environment

This project involves developing syllabi for two courses, an introduction to American Studies and an English Department senior seminar. It focuses on nature writers-not only literary authors, but natural and social scientists-who are also contemplatives: Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, Richard Nelson, Terry Tempest Williams, Linda Hogan and others. Themes explored in these texts include dwelling, home and universe, comparative traditions, science, travel, the lessons of history, embodiment, ecofeminism, green movements and environmental justice, and imaginative versions of landscape by the privileged juxtaposed to the lived experience of the disempowered.

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Reading and Writing Women’s Lives: Personal Essay, Autobiography, Biography, Autoethnography

”Reading and Writing Women’s Lives” is a course designed to introduce students to genres of writing that involve personal and lived experience about and by women: personal essay, biography, autobiography, and autoethnography. Not only will students be reading these forms as well as theories about writing and women’s experience, but they will also try a hand at producing them.

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