ENG469 201801 Undergraduate

Term: 
Fall 2018
Course: 
ENG 469
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Literature and the Environment: Senses of Place American Literature
Instructors: 

William Rossi

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3955
  • Office: 363 PLC
  • Office Hours: Not teaching Spring term
Department Section Description: 

According to Wendell Berry, “You don’t know who you are until you know where you are.” Yet, for other people in our history and in our own day, the lived experience of place that Berry rightly values varies according to who other people think you are and where they think you should live. Theirs is likely to be a lived experience of (dis)placement as profound and formative as the placement based on personal choice that Berry celebrates.

In order to understand how these experiences have also been shaped by transformations of physical and social spaces under pressure of modernity in the United States, we will examine the complexity and variety of the relationship between knowledge, identity, place, and displacement in a selection of fiction and literary non-fiction published between 1850 and the present. Besides Berry, our authors could include, William Faulkner, Bobbie Ann Mason, Leslie Marmon Silko, Karen Tei Yamashita, Sandra Cisneros, Willa Cather, James Baldwin, Sarah Orne Jewett, Zitkala-Ša, Henry Thoreau, and Herman Melville.

Assignments will include the usual literary analyses, final exam, and individual presentations. In addition, students will write their own literary nonfiction in the form of a personal “place” essay.

Fulfills: 

Old Major: C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.