Postgraduate Course: Green Thoughts: Landscape, Environment and Literature (PG Version) (ENLI11193)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
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 Jetñil-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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4000 word essay (100%)
||Students will receive feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- articulate a considered, informed sense of the breadth and range of eco-critical writing, theory and contexts.
- 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.
- demonstrate the ability to work with interdisciplinary material.
- articulate how their own thinking and research agenda has developed
|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 Jetñil-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*
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030