Exercises: Cultural Studies: Ecocriticism - Details
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Course name Exercises: Cultural Studies: Ecocriticism
Course number 022 100 0050
Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 13
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Wed., 27.04.2022 14:00 - 15:30, Room: (D, 1003)
Participants This is a course that will focus on theoretical approaches within the field of ecocriticism. So you should have an interest in reading texts that might not completely become clear upon the first reading, be willing to come to class with questions and discuss to look for answers - or more questions - together.
So you don't need previous knowledge in the field - but curiosity and willingness to spend your time with this topic matter.

Students in the MA Umweltethik can also take this course for 4 CP: for the signature KTH-6100 Seminar 1 or Seminar 2. These signatures will be added soon to the list on Digicampus.
Performance record You will write two-three response papers of 500-1500 words about research texts we read in the class and you will present one of them plus discussion questions in the class.
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Most texts will be made available to you via Digicampus. You will have to purchase one longer text that we will read together as part of the course. More information on this will be made available in the first session.
ECTS points 4

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1003) Wednesday: 14:00 - 15:30, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


The field of ecocriticism became recognized as an area of research in the humanities, in the 1990s with the creation of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in 1992, followed by the appearance of two foundational works: The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, edited by Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm and - significant particularly for American Studies - Lawrence Buell’s The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing and the Formation of American Culture. In the three decades since then, the field of ecocriticsm has considerably expanded, and, if anything, gained in urgency and relevance as climate change becomes and ever-more present topic of politics, broader public conversations, and finds itself at the center of various literary and filmic works.
In this course we will focus on a number of different focus points of ecocriticism since its inception as a field of research. We will discuss scholarly texts from areas such as eco-feminism, material ecocriticism, posthumanism, and animal studies, as well as considering how different genres (eco-poetry, eco-drama, cli-fi) have used their specific possibilities to represent ecological concerns and themes like climate change.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: Cultural Studies".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 14.03.2022 08:00 to 18.04.2022 18:00.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 20.04.2022 on 18:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 14.03.2022, 08:00 to 18.04.2022, 18:00.
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