Themes in Literature- Science, Literature, and the Environment
TR 9:45-11:00 | Mark Tabone
This course focuses on science fiction that examines humanity’s relationship to nature and the environment. We will look at works from the twenty-first century genre known as “Cli-Fi” which speculate about possible future effects of anthropogenic climate change. However, we will also look back through literary history to examine the influence of science, the Enlightenment, industrialization, romanticism, and the Judeo-Christian and Buddhist traditions on the ways we think, imagine, hope, fear, and write about the environment. Using fiction as our guide, we will discuss the current state of our changing environment as well as the ecology, science, technologies, worldviews, and developments that led to this point in history.
Attendance, two papers, short reading responses, in-class writing