Instructor: Sherrill
TR 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

This course explores relationships between human beings, animals, and the natural environments in which they live through how they are depicted in literature and film. Our exploration involves examining works of literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and documentary and dramatic film that examine what it means to be human in the age of escalating ecological crisis. Some texts would include, The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells, Beasts of the Southern Wild (film), Man Plus by Frederik Pohl, Animal’s People by Indra Sinha, Earthlings (film), and Jurassic Park (film), among others.  We will explore three primary fields of environmental theory—Environmental Justice, Ecofeminism, and Trans/Posthumanism‑and bring in a little Animal Studies as well to round out the conversation. We will look at how these theories and primary texts collide when engaging with issues of justice, literary analysis, criticism, and real-world politics. After successful completion of the course, students should be able to understand and apply the tenets of environmental criticism and ecology as well as use them to engage with literature and film, particularly those that speak to contemporary anxieties about the future of human existence.