ESP 531: Literature of the Land

2009-07-07 -

Waiting list option unavailable until August 14 or later.


63878 (for web registration)




Robert Taylor






Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/3 - 12/10 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas: Civic Ecology
Restricted to all ES students who entered SP09 & FA09 and CB students who entered FA08 from July 15 – August 13; open to all ES students on August 14.

In the last half of the 20th Century, nature writing emerged as a prominent literary genre that has made a significant contribution to the way we think, feel and act toward the natural world. Texts will be selected from contemporary nature writers, including non-fiction, poetry and fiction. Discussions will focus on these works and their influence, and the unique way they address environmental issues – including wilderness and wildlife conservation, health and the environment, bioregionalism, environmental justice and activism. The course will explore literature and our own writing about nature as both artistic and scientific expression, as well as a powerful form of education and activism. We will also use this literature as inspiration and model for our writing and editing process, and as a way to explore and articulate the experiences most important for ecological consciousness. Attendance at the Monadnock Literary and Arts Festival in Marlboro, NH, the weekend of Sept. 18-20 is optional.