Assignments for November 27, 29

Monday, November 27 – NO CLASS MEETING

Continue work on your research project.

Wednesday, November 29 – PRESENTATIONS

Prepare an oral presentation summarizing your research findings. Focus on those aspects of the project most relevant to your colleagues in the course. Practice your extemporaneous comments beforehand until they run about ten minutes in length. Supplement your talk with a one-sheet handout (10 copies) bearing your name and project title.

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Assignments for November 13, 15

Monday, November 13 –

Review Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Wednesday, November 15 – REPORT DUE

Write a 500-word essay recounting the progress of your research project since submitting the proposal. Speculate on the organization of your final paper, being as specific as possible. Append an annotated bibliography of sources you have consulted, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style. Give your polished report an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for November 6, 8

Monday, November 6 –

Read pages 163-180 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Metzner, “The Emerging Cosmological Worldview”

Rasmussen, “Cosmology and Ethics”

Wednesday, November 8 –

Read pages 181-189, 228-237 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Spretnak, “Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism”

Berry, “Ecological Geography”

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Assignments for October 30, November 1

Monday, October 30 –

Read pages 30-54 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Callicott, “Toward a Global Environmental Ethic”

Grim, “Native North American Worldviews and Ecology”

Wednesday, November 1 –

Read pages 113-123, 138-149 of Worldviews and Ecology; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Chapple, “Hindu Environmentalism”

Tobias, “Jainism and Ecology”

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Assignments for October 23, 25

Monday, October 23 –

Review Out of the Woods; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Preview Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Wednesday, October 25 – PROPOSAL DUE

Write a 500-word essay detailing the focus, methodology, and significance of your project. Illustrate your exposition with specific references to the assigned readings and to your research sources. Append a preliminary bibliography of relevant books, articles, and websites, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style. Give your polished proposal an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for October 16, 18

Monday, October 16 –

Read pages 181-193, 215-226 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Smilor, “Personal Boundaries in the Urban Environment: The Legal Attack on Noise, 1865-1930”

Stewart, “Rice, Water, and Power: Landscapes of Domination and Resistance in the Lowcountry, 1790-1880”

Wednesday, October 18 –

Read pages 243-259, 273-289 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Pisani, “Irrigation, Water Rights, and the Betrayal of Indian Allotment”

Dunlap, “Australian Nature, European Culture: Anglo Settlers in Australia”

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Assignments for October 9, 11

Monday, October 9 –

Read pages 3-27 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Worster, “The Ecology of Order and Chaos”

Merchant, “The Theoretical Structure of Ecological Revolutions”

Wednesday, October 11 –

Read pages 28-50, 79-97 of Out of the Woods; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”

McCameron, “Environmental Change in Colonial New Mexico”

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Assignments for October 2, 4

Monday, October 2 –

Read pages 264-275, 351-370 of The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Silko, “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination”

Slovic, “Nature Writing and Environmental Psychology: The Interiority of Outdoor Experience”

Wednesday, October 4 –

Review The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand ecological criticism, including several key passages you found interesting.

Preview Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

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Assignments for September 25, 27

Monday, September 25 –

Read pages 149-169 of The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Le Guin, “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”

Meeker, “The Comic Mode”

Wednesday, September 27 –

Read pages 196-203, 225-240 of The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Deitering, “The Postnatural Novel: Toxic Consciousness in Fiction of the 1980s”

Love, “Revaluing Nature: Toward an Ecological Criticism”

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Assignments for September 18, 20

Monday, September 18 –

Read pages 3-29 of The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

White, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis”

Manes, “Nature and Silence”

Wednesday, September 20 –

Read pages 92-104, 137-146 of The Ecocriticism Reader; come prepared to outline each article and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Evernden, “Beyond Ecology: Self, Place, and the Pathetic Fallacy”

Mazel, “American Literary Environmentalism as Domestic Orientalism”

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