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English/ES 343: Nature Writing/Writing the Anthropocene

English/ES 343: Nature Writing/Writing the Anthropocene

This interdisciplinary course looks to contemporary writers for ideas about what the future of Earth may look like in the Anthropocene, the current epoch in Earth’s geological history defined by human-caused changes to the planet. Forces shaping the future we will study in this course include: global climate change; nuclear fallout and radiation; and mass extinction. We will also investigate humanistic responses to these forces and the possibilities of human language and storytelling. The coursework will include reading book-length, literary representations of life in the Anthropocene from three major genres of contemporary literature: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Students will also undertake their own creative projects that represent local aspects of living in the Anthropocene.     

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