I’d love to see this forum become a place where we can brainstorm classes and resources for teaching. Would anyone else be interested in a syllabus exchange and teaching thread here?
That sounds like a great idea! I am piloting a new course I’ve developed called Daoism and the Environment and I am combining the Daodejing with more traditional environmental writing including many Native American poets and writers. This grew out of a paper I did last year for an Ecocriticism panel. We’re in our second week of classes and the students seem really engaged. I just hope they can keep up the momentum! I would be happy to share and would love to hear about other successful ecocriticism or environmental lit classes from others.
LOVE this idea! If you look to the left of this screen there is a button labeled “FILES.” We could use that as a repository for teaching materials that members are willing to share.
Actually … I just placed a syllabus there. Here’s hoping others will follow!
Yes indeed: I’m trying to come up with one for this coming fall for advanced undergrads on the nonhuman in early modern literature/culture. It’s proving more complicated to choose primary texts than I thought, since I’m trying to get away from my usual over-reliance on Shakespeare. Will check back in case anyone has suggestions . . . . and post the syllabus when I get it locked down.
Not that it’s an EM syllabus, Karen, but one of my favorite blog posts on integrating early modern literature with ecocrit is this one by Lowell Duckert:
Thanks Jeffrey–Lowell’s thoughts are EXACTLY on target, and his suggestions in the discussion at the end are incredibly helpful even if we expand them to non-Shakespearean texts (although I feel the seductive pull of Lear and Prospero even as I say this . . .).
This is a fantastic idea! I just posted a syllabus in the “Files” dropbox for a new course I’m teaching this term at the Univ. of Oregon on Climate Change Fiction. My students and I are also collaborating on a course blog, which the students recently voted to make public: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/eng104/
If you have a few minutes to check it out, I know the students are hoping to get feedback from a larger public audience beyond our class. Thanks, and looking forward to hearing about other people’s teaching ideas and resources.
Stephen, that’s GREAT — thank you for sharing both the syllabus and the link to the blog. I’m a fan of asking students in environmental courses to practice at being public intellectuals!
Here’s a blog my own students did for a grad course with some ecological leanings a few years back: http://eboveer.blogspot.com/
Great idea! Thanks, all, for the syllabi suggestions. I’m uploading two of mine right now.
I’m uploading two recent Summer course proposals, one on Interdiscipinary Environmental Humanities and one on Animals (and other nonhumans) and Human Culture. Also a similar short-form module on Ecocinema and a full quarter Intro to Literature course (contemporary period, “global environments”) also satisfying writing requirements at UCD. Will be very happy to see lots more from diverse course models, and thanks so much to all who have already shared. Ditto on notes about course blogs/online interactive approaches. I’m using forums in all current classes and have used more public blog set ups for other sorts of classes. Will be aiming to incorporate more moving forward.
Thank you Heather and Ted! This site is becoming quite a trove of teaching resources — what could be better?
Thank you Simon Richter for uploading the latest syllabus. Your course on Waterworlds looks terrific!
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