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Welcome to our seminar blog

September 12, 2009

This blog serves as a forum for the reflections and writings of students in a graduate seminar a the University of Oregon (Fall 2009).

Course overview:

How should we characterize the “environmental imagination,” to cite critic Lawrence Buell, in a period whose ecological concerns center not only on relatively ancient problems such as air pollution and deforestation but also on newer phenomena like transgenic crops, global climate change, and virtual space? And how might ecocriticism, as a field of literary and cultural studies, account for the interventions that contemporary writers and media artists often stage in Western environmental thought? With a focus on U.S. and Anglophone culture, we will address these questions by putting contemporary literature and media in conversation with three key concepts: biodiversity, biotechnology, and environmental risk. In doing so, we will investigate the ethical and the aesthetic principles that inflect the environmental imaginings of our present.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. amycutler permalink
    October 17, 2009 12:35 pm

    hey, this looks really exciting! I’m new to blogging – but also a research student in ecocriticism – anyway, how many of you are there? any chance you’ll put up a little bio on each of you – just a short one showing who’s interested in which aspects?

    amy

  2. Allison permalink
    October 17, 2009 4:44 pm

    Thank you for your comment, Amy, and for seeking us out. I am the professor teaching this graduate course at Oregon this fall, and there are 18 students participating in the course (and the blog). I will pass on your suggestion that we create short bios. Stay tuned!

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