ALL381 - Literary Ecologies: (Re)Imagining Our Place in the World

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Emily Potter

Prerequisite:

One Literary Studies unit at any year level

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Trimester 1:

Campus: 1 x recorded online class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x recorded online class per week plus online discussion (equivalent 2 hours) per week

 

Trimester 3:

Campus: 1 x recorded online class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x recorded online class per week plus online discussion (equivalent 2 hours) per week

Content

This unit explores the complex relationship between humans and their ecologies, and the role of literature in both producing and critiquing these relationships. Starting with a critical survey of the ways in which environments and non-human animals have been constituted in the Western imaginary and literary tradition, the unit will move through various sites for re-imagining human/ecological entanglements in a literary context: from the city, to ‘the end of nature’, to non-human animals and the post-human world. The unit encourages students to critically consider key concepts such as ‘nature’, ‘environment’, ‘animal’ and ‘human’ as historically and culturally contingent, and to understand the ways in which literary texts – including fiction, non-fiction and film – generate, contest and perform these concepts. The unit places the literary text at the heart of the critical ethical project that all humans currently face in our ecologically-challenged present.

Assessment

Assessment 1: (Individual) Essay (1600 words or equivalent) - 40%

Assessment 2: (Individual) Essay (2000 words or equivalent) - 50%

Assessment 3: (Group 4-5 participants) Class/Online Exercise (400 word or equivalent) - 10%

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