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18TH CENTURY NATURE WRITING
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectEnglish
Number & Suffix: 103 A
Full UC Title: 18TH CENTURY NATURE WRITING 
Transcript Title: 18C NATURE WRITING 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: While texts from the eighteenth century have been previously ignored by environmental literary critics, recent scholarships has begun to show that they consistently express profound concern for the non-human world, even as they simultaneously celebrate its mastery. Nature writing from the eighteenth century can be characterized by contradictory attitudes to nature: a double gesture of both submission to and mastery over the non-human, whereby the non-human world is presented as both an appealing sanctuary and an object of conquest. The course covers the emergence of the Anthropocene in the eighteenth century, an age in which humans are considered an active geological agent whose activities have a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems, and how that created an important connection between the eighteenth and twenty-first century environmental concerns. While examining some of the canonical as well as lesser-known works of poetry, novels and the hybrid genre of travel writing, the course situates works of eighteenth century nature writing in historical and literary contexts, including the boom of the travelogue, the vogue for georgic and pastoral poetry, the aesthetics of the sublime and the picturesque, the rise of natural history and science, and colonial expansion. Meanwhile, the reading of eighteenth century texts through an environmental lens highlights those aspects of Enlightenment thought which are particularly relevant for the struggles and contradictions of contemporary environmental thinking. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: SURVEYING ENGLISH LITERATURES II: 18TH-CENTURY NATURE WRITING 
Partner University Department: Englische Philologie 
Partner University Course Number: 17317