ENG569 202001 Graduate

Term: 
Fall 2020
Course: 
ENG 569
Applies To: 
Graduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Literature and the Environment: Ocean Life in Literature, Film, and Theory
Instructors: 

Stacy Alaimo

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Core Faculty, Environmental Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-1476
  • Office: 205 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 - TUES 3:30-4:30, THUR 3:30-5:00 virtual; email for Zoom appt.
  • Website: Website
Department Section Description: 

Although environmental studies has focused on terrestrial environments, the concern for ocean ecologies and the interest in ocean life—from jellyfish to octopus to whales—is rapidly expanding. This class will explore ocean life in literature, film, and theory, from monstrous figures in classical mythology, through Jules Verne’s 19th century novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, to the weird surrealist short films of Jean Painlevé, to Nnedi Okorofor’s Afrofuturist SF novel Lagoon, to contemporary poetry, film, and popular science.  We will discuss the environmental implications of how marine species are depicted—for example, as monstrous, alien, aesthetically breathtaking, or extraordinarily intelligent—as we attempt to imagine and think with some of the most captivating creatures from the sea.

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