Students explore a variety of literary texts, such as poems, plays, short stories, novels, and
creative non-fiction, to understand how changing literary representations of the natural
environment have affected cultural attitudes towards, and human relationships with, the natural
environment. The texts studied emphasize that, as much as humans impact their physical
environment, the physical environment also has indelible effects on human beings.
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Articulate a deeper understanding of topics, issues, and themes as expressed in environmental
literature (in various forms).
- Express your knowledge and understanding of the creative links between a variety of literary
genres and art forms related to environmental literature.
- Demonstrate advanced collaborative skills and comprehension of social learning as it relates
to environmental literature.
- Write about environmental literature at an advanced level of proficiency.
ENGL 4231: Literature and the Environment includes the following units:
- An Introduction to Literature about the Environment
- Indigenous Worldviews and Perspectives on Environment
- Old-World Romanticism in Contrast with Indigenous Ways of Knowing the Land
- Fiction versus Non-Fiction in Environmental Writing
- Anthropomorphism and the Human-Animal Connection
- The Future of Ecocriticism and Environmental Writing
Required text and materials
The following textbook is required for this course:
Clark, T. (2011). The Cambridge introduction to literature and the environment.
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Type: Textbook ISBN 978-0-521-72090-8
You will also be required to purchase six supplementary items. These items can be found online
or at your local new/used bookstore. They are:
- Grizzly Man, by Werner Herzog
- The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
- The Pemmican Eaters, by Marilyn Dumont
- Now You Care, by Di Brandt
- She Had Some Horses, by Joy Harjo
- Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table shows
how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: Location Usage Case Study
|Assignment 2: Recounting Environmental Issues in Multiple Forms
|Assignment 3: An Ecofeminist Textual Analysis
|Assignment 4: Connecting Film to Theory
|Final Exam *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.