Course: Nature and American Literature (EN-268-1) 

This course is an historic and contemporary look at the interplay between wilderness, nature, and civilization in American Culture. The course represents a study of how writers imagine and represent nature and wilderness in American literature, and which genres are most effective. Readings are drawn from writers ranging from Henry Thoreau, John Muir, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather to Thoedore Roethke, Gary Snyder, Stephanie Mills, Barry Lopez, Wendell Berry and Leslie Marmon Silko. The class may also consider artistic themes of nature and wilderness, such as paintings from the Hudson River School and American Impressionism to more contemporary visions of the American landscape. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

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