Week Six

Back to the anthology, Literature and the Environment, this week.
All books for the course are on reserve in Moon Library.

Tuesday, February 20
Anthology: Keeper of the Temple Grounds, Judith Larner Lowry, p 195
Anthology: Curandera, Pat Mora, p 199
Anthology: It is Going to Rain, Ofelia Sepeda, p 201
Anthology: The Circle is the Way to See, Joseph Bruchac, p. 402

Short Paper #10

Thursday, February 22
Anthology: The American Indian Wilderness, Luis Owens, p 244
Anthology: Crossing Bitter Creek: Meditations on the Colorado River, Denise Chavez, p 240
Anthology: Touching Earth, bell hooks, p 139

Short Paper #11

Week Five

I want to jump around amongst the books for the course.
This week, we're going to read some poems from black nature edited by Camille Dungy.
All the books for this course are on reserve in Moon Library.

Tuesday February 13
Read the introduction, page xix
Look at Cycle One: Just Looking
You can choose any of the poems in this section to write about.
Or write about the whole section.
Or be like me: start looking these authors up on youtube, spend hours listening to them and then order their books of poetry.

Some of my suggestions:
Lucille Clifton, page 6
Nikki Giovanni, page 12
Rita Dove, page 18
Thylias Moss, page 23
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, page 30
Alvin Aubert, page 32

Short Paper #8

Thursday February 15 
Let's look at Cycle Two: Nature, Be with us
Begin with Ravi Howard, p 37
You can choose any of the poems in this section to write about.
Some of my suggestions:
James A. Emanual, p 39
Gerald Barrax Sr., p 40
Marilyn Nelson, p 53
Anthony Walton, p 54
Camille Dungy, p 55
Lucille Clifton, p 57
Ross Gay, p 60
Reginald Shepherd, p 66

And a Brian Doyle essay about a school shooting. Just because.

Short paper #9

Week Four

Tuesday, February 6
Knot by Pattiann Rogers, p 45
Making Music with Birds and Whales. David Rothenberg, p. 54
Serenading Belugas in the White Sea by David Rothenberg.  Here's the video.
Dylan Winter and the Starling Murmurations 
Apologia. Barry Lopez. p. 72.
Short paper #6

Thursday, February 8
What Holds the Water, What Holds the Light. Linda Hogan, page 143.
Patience by David Gessner.
Short paper #7

Week Three

Tuesday, Jan 30 
Finish reading everything in the packet I gave you!
I tried to choose Clint Smith poems that fit the topic of the course, but feel free to look up others and bring them to class.
Check him out on youtube too:
Place Matters
Short paper #4

Thursday, Feb 1 
We're starting the anthology Literature and the Environment.
If you don't have your books yet, I put a copy on reserve in Moon Library.
The circulation date will let you take it out for 2 hours.

Living Like Weasels, Annie Dillard, p 5.
Snow Day, Lisa Couturier, p 15
Marking My Territory, David Gessner, p 17

Short paper #5

Week Two

Tuesday, January 23

In your packet, read:

Nature by H.D. Carberry, page 8
Tornado Child by Kwame Dawes, page 9
Wolf Warrior, Joy Harjo, page 10
Wellfleet Whale, Stanley Kunitz, page 12
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, Wendell Berry, page 13
Fireflies, Naomi Shihab Nye, page 14
The Vacation, Wendell Berry, page 14
The Reason Why I am Afraid, Ray A. Young Bear, page 15
The River, Raymond Carver, page 16

I realize that these are all poems. That's because poems are easy to xerox. (And your teacher loves poetry.) If you want to read something in addition to poems, you could check out the "Dear America" series that the online environmental magazine Terrain.org has been running since Trump was elected. Here is one by Scott Russell Sanders, who is a very well-known nature writer: Dear America

Don't be overwhelmed by too many poems -- instead, choose one that appeals to you and spend most of your time with that poem.

If you have time, check out Kwame Dawes on youtube. You can hear him read poems aloud! Skip to the 10-minute mark and go from there.

Short paper #2 

Thursday, January 25

In your folder, read:
Wild, Mary Donahoe, page 17
Womanwork, Paula Gunn Allen, page 18
Kopistalya, Paula Gunn Allen, page 19
Fire, Joy Harjo, page 20
I am a Dangerous Woman, Joy Harjo, page 21

You could also check out this editorial in the NY Times: If You See Something, Say Something
And: John Oliver's take on climate change. (Both are about a couple years old.)

Short paper #3

Week One

Welcome! This is the course website, where I'll post assignments and announcements.

The first thing you need to do for this course is make sure you have the books. Since it will take a couple of days for the books to arrive, you will want to order them as soon as possible. I am hoping you will be able to find inexpensive copies online.

Literature and the Environment
edited by Lorraine Anderson, Scott Slovic, and John P. O’Grady.

Make sure you get the SECOND EDITION. It should look like this:

Coming of Age at the End of Nature edited by Julie Dunlap and Susan Cohen
The Word For World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin
Black Nature edited by Camille Dungy

For Thursday, January 18 

Read these selections from your folder:
The Greatest Nature Essay Ever by Brain Doyle, page 3
Drowning in Apathy, Roxana Robinson, page 5
Cattail Wind, Joseph Bruchac, page 6
For the Children, Gary Snyder, page 7

Plus, check this out: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Turned into Haiku

Short Paper #1 due. Think of a short paper as a way to add to the conversation in the classroom. We will be sharing them with each other.

EWP 490 Contemporary Nature Literature

In this course, we'll be reading contemporary nature literature, focusing primarily on authors and movements after Rachel Carson. We’ll relate that literature to current events, to history, to western culture, to religion and politics, to pop culture, to the environmental movement, to media representations of nature, to other texts, and to our own life experiences.

We will be especially looking at emerging voices – ecofeminists, native writers, science writers, animal rights activists, deep ecologists, and other perspectives that differ from the mainstream. We will be applying ecocriticism, a type of literary criticism that approaches literature from an ecological perspective.