Special Topics in Environmental Policy and Culture (390-0-20)
Culture in a Changing Climate
1880 Campus Drive, Kresge Hall, Office 4-548
Office Hours: Varies quarter to quarter, please check with instructor.
University Hall 318: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM
Overview of class
This course will offer an introduction to creative responses to climate change and associated environmental problems in recent literary, cinematic, and artistic works from around the world. We will pay close attention to how aesthetic forms and the critical methods used to understand them are (or are not) changing in the face of overlapping, existential environmental crises. Are there specific genres or media best suited to addressing climate change and helping to inspire political action? What are the effects of identifying or writing within a "new" literary genre such as "climate fiction"? Can we speak of similar modes in other media: is there such a thing as "climate cinema" or "climate art"? And if there is, how do these categories shape both the art that gets made and how we understand it?
Literature and Arts Foundational Discipline
Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area