FYS 133 Reading the Landscape

Dean Flower, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

   A course in reading and writing about landscape, focusing on essays, poems, and personal narratives that raise issues of how we see or fail to see the natural world.  Attention to issues of ecology, sustainability, wilderness, preservation of habitat and species, agriculture, climate change, and design.  Emphasis on how writers conceptualize and shape, rather than merely react to, their environments.  Analytical and creative writing in response to works by Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, John McPhee, Henry David Thoreau, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, Bill McKibben, and others.  Field trips and journal-keeping will be included.