The most recent ecopolitical insights can inform our critical readings of literature. The latest developments in science and philosophy return us to the fundamental problems of human existence regarding our relations with one another, and with nature and the animals. We will read and discuss scenes from Shakespeare's plays, Alice in Wonderland, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other books for children according to our awareness of ecocriticism. This course will also instruct the student in basic research methods such as note-taking during lectures, preparing a summary, using the library, preparing a presentation, and writing a short paper.
class attendance / oral presentations / short quizzes / watching assigned films / term paper
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea. Oram, Hiawyn and Satoshi Kitamura, Angry Arthur. Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. …. Henry V. …. King Lear. …. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Walker, Kenneth. The Log fo the Ark. Handouts to be distributed in class.
Egan, Gabriel. Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism. London: Routledge, 2006. E. M. W. Tillyard, The Elizabethan World Picture. London: Chatto and Windus, 1943.
Active participation in class. Preparation for presentations.Preliminary reading. The class will be conducted in English.
Introduction : Green Literature １．Ecopolitics / ecocriticism ２．Nature and Human Society Henry V The Tale of Peter Rabbit The Secret Garden ３．Food and Biological Nature As You Like It Alice in Wonderland The Log of the Ark ４．Supernature and the Weather A Midsummer Night's Dream King Lear A Wizard of Earthsea Angry Arthur The following will be introduced at appropriate points of the course: Research Methods Note-taking / Summarizing Using the Library / Creating a Bibliography Preparing a Presentation / Presentation Skills Writing a Paper
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