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Reading Earth

Our current climate debate might lead some to ask "Is science dead?" and others to ask "What do we really care about?" These course offerings weave together concepts of nature, culture, politics and science to shed light on how we are responding (or not responding) to fundamental changes in nature. By exploring representations of nature and the relations between human beings and nature in literature, the cluster casts a literary lens on this fundamentally interdisciplinary topic.

Courses in this Cluster:

  • English 244 - Intro to Literary Journalism (Great Lakes Writers)
  • English 313 - Michigan Blue Communities
  • English 317 - Lit and Culture (Threads: Clothing, Culture, Politics, Environnment)
  • English 320 - Lit & Environment (Eco-criticism)
  • English 342 - 21st-Century Science Fiction
  • English 472 - 20th Century American Literature (Race and Ecological Catastrophe)

Related Fields/Majors:

This course cluster may be of special interest not only to literature students, but also to students in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, History, and Political Science.