603-103-MQ, Literature and the Environment
From Palaeolithic carvings and statues, to Homer and Shakespeare, and into the present day, artists have striven to represent humanityís relationship with nature. Through essays, poetry, and prose fiction this course will explore how nature is represented and imagined in literature. Students will explore how these texts are representative of óbut also help to shape ó current and past cultural attitudes towards the environment and inform the current debate which rages around issues such as climate change and food production. Students will critically examine representations of the natural world by addressing a variety of questions such as : What is nature? What is the purpose of literature about the environment? How does the text influence the readerís perception of the natural world? What rhetorical and literary devices does the author use to represent nature?