- Studies in Posthumanism and Ecocriticism:
What is the role of the imagination—and
specifically literature and film--in protecting biological diversity,
minimizing human health risks, and using resources sustainably? Can the environmental humanities move us
towards something that environmental ethicists and scientists have called
“humane sustainable culture,” or culture in which nature-protection is worked
out in conjunction with efforts to improve the well-being of billions of humans
around the world?
- Ecocritical Approaches to Literature and Film:
This is a course in critical theory.
The focus of this class is on
ecocriticism, an emerging field in literary and
cultural studies. It explores the
development of the field from postmodernism to critical environmental justice
theory. We’ll contextualize our discussion by looking back to the abolition
movement and forward to the Earth Charter and the UN Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples.