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ENGL 396 G - English Honors Seminar - Can Poetry Save the Earth?

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


An open-topic, discussion-oriented seminar aimed at majors who have shown high skill and intensive interest in the area of English studies. Course Information: May be repeated up to 6 hours in the same term to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: A 3.33 grade point average or consent of the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Restricted to English majors.

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Can Poetry Save the Earth- Lyric poetry is a complex art form acutely observant of human motivation and behavior. A notable verse tradition also looks outward, training its eye on the natural phenomena of the world around us. As such, poetry is uniquely gifted to articulate human dependency on natural resources, and to map, psychologically, our apparently ungovernable impulses for environmental destruction. The early twenty-first century Anthropocene, when many vital ecosystems are nearing critical breakdown, marks an historical crossroads for human communities globally, and an urgent opportunity to re-evaluate our own cultural resources in meeting the global challenge of sustainability. A central question of the seminar will be resilience: what makes natural systems resilient, and can we apply the lessons of resilient ecology to poetry, to understand what enables certain poems to survive and speak across generations- More broadly, can so-called ecopoetry help us imagine a resilient, p

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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