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ENGH 308: Theory and Inquiry

ENGH 308-DL2: Theory and Inquiry: Toxic Humanities
(Spring 2021)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR


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Section Information for Spring 2021

Toxic Humanities

Ecological disaster is all around us, from the immediate crises of tsunamis and wildfires to the slow disasters of toxicity and climate change. Meanwhile, the environmental humanities are one of the fastest-growing fields in contemporary critical theory. In this class, students will be introduced to the major topics and texts in the field of environmental humanities, with a particular focus on critical theories of environmental toxicity. We will ask questions such as: how can critical theory help us to understand the environmental realities of our present? what is the relationship between the environment and literary form? How has literature adapted to portray ecological change? How can literary tools such as genre and narrative help us to understand environmental crisis? Students will learn how to read, understand, and engage with theoretical texts, as well as how to approach literature through a theoretical lens.

ENGH 308 DL2 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates a problem or debate central to the discipline of English. Teaches students how to read, understand, and engage with theoretical texts. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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