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Postgraduate Course: Green Thoughts: Landscape, Environment and Literature (PG Version) (ENLI11193)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIt is commonly said that we live in the Anthropocene, the first period in Earth history where a single species dominates the planet and whose influence even extends to changing the Earth system itself. This course will explore contemporary Anglophone poetry, from around the world, that engages with the various crisis heralded by the Anthropocene, from climate change to the legacies of colonialism and racial injustice, and from plastic in the environment to the threat of extinction.
Course description It is commonly said that we live in the Anthropocene, the first period in Earth history where a single species dominates the planet and whose influence even extends to changing the Earth system itself. This course will explore contemporary Anglophone poetry, from around the world, that engages with the various crisis heralded by the Anthropocene, from climate change to the legacies of colonialism and racial injustice, and from plastic in the environment to the threat of extinction. Covering a range of forms including lyric, open field, and prose poetry, and drawing on ecocriticism as well as critical and theoretical material from across the multidisciplinary environmental humanities, Green Thoughts invites student to reflect on the role of poetry in giving form and shape to the ecological crises of our time.

Syllabus (note, as this is a course in contemporary poetry, the syllabus is reviewed each year):

Maya Chowdhry, Fossil
Juliana Spahr, That Winter the Wolf Came
dg nanouk okpik, Corpse Whale
Kathy Jet˝il-Kijiner, Iep Jaltok
Craig Santos Perez, From Incorporated Territory
Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Zong!
Claudia Rankine, Citizen
Evelyn Reilly, Styrofoam
Adam Dickinson, Anatomic
Elizabeth Jane Burnett, Swims
Sean Borodale, Bee Journal
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. articulate a considered, informed sense of the breadth and range of eco-critical writing, theory and contexts.
  2. evaluate a range of key concepts in eco-critical studies, particularly in terms of their relevance to current environmental contexts and their application to the primary texts.
  3. demonstrate the ability to work with interdisciplinary material.
  4. articulate how their own thinking and research agenda has developed
Reading List
Syllabus (* indicates a text for purchase; other material will be provided in extract online):
Maya Chowdhry, Fossil*
Juliana Spahr, That Winter the Wolf Came*
dg nanouk okpik, Corpse Whale*
Kathy Jet˝il-Kijiner, poems from Iep Jaltok
Craig Santos Perez, poems from From Incorporated Territory
Marlene NourbeSe Philip, poems from Zong!
Claudia Rankine, poems from Citizen
Evelyn Reilly, poems from Styrofoam
Adam Dickinson, poems from Anatomic
Elizabeth Jane Burnett, Swims*
Sean Borodale, Bee Journal*
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAnthropocene,Poetry,Ecocriticism,Environment
Contacts
Course organiserDr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
Email: David.Farrier@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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