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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C 357 • Varieties of Environmental Writing [CANCELED]

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42690 T
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. This course will look at some of the most important texts of the environmental movement, both "Northern" and "Southern," to examine how the themes motivating environmental concerns have changed over time in a cross-cultural perspective. The emphasis throughout will be on understanding how different societies have conceptualized their relation to: (i) their habitat; (ii) their ecological history; and (iii) their responsibilities to future generations. Recurrent themes of fear over catastrophic environmental degradation and confidence in technological innovation will be examined and compared across different periods and concepts. The course will begin with the work of Marsh in the United States and Wallace in Britain in the 1860's, continue with the emergence of scientific ecology, forestry, and conservation biology, and end with the most recent material in the 1990's from Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Spain. Work by ecofeminists and Southern social ecologists will be compared with the more familiar preservationist and conservationist writings from the North. The extent to which environmentalism is a political movement and its relationship to what are called the environmental sciences will be compared.

About the Professor Dr. Sarkar is a Professor of Philosophy and Integrative Biology. His current research consists primarily of the design of nature reserve networks in Texas, Mexico, India, and Korea. He is also a professional photographer.

Grading Policy

One term paper (preliminary and revised draft required) worth 70% of the grade; class attendance and participation (including leading discussions) worth 30% of the grade.


Selections from Marsh, G. P., Man and Nature Selections from Wallace, A. R., The Malay Archipelago, the Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise Selections from Muir, J. Our National Parks Leopold, A., A Sand County Almanac Carson, R., Silent Spring Selections from Alvarez, S. E., Engendering Democracy in Brazil: Women's Movements in Transition Politics Selections from Nabhan, G. P., Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture, and Story Selections from Guha, R. and Martinez-Alier, J., Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South Flannery, T., "Beautiful Lies: Population and Environment in Australia."


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