Literature and the Environment, Spring 2012
- Here are various texts and sites that will interest students in the course.
- These are not necessarily assigned readings. For week-by-week reading assignments, see "Calendar," above.
- I will update this site periodically throughout the semester. If you have any suggestions for additional links, please send me an email. -- KOD, instructor --email@example.com
I. Book Reviews
- "Book Review: 'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan: A compelling look at the biggest forest fire in American history." By Michael Joseph Gross. The Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2009. www.latimes.com/entertainment/news /la-ca-timothy-egan25-2009oct25,0,7852974.story
- "Couple Creates an Empire by Felling Trees and Anyone in Their Way" [review of Serena] by Janet Maslin, New York Times, October 5, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/06/books/06masl.html
- Flesh of Your Flesh: Should you eat meat? [rev. of Foer's Eating Animals], by Elizabeth Kolbert. The New Yorker, November 9, 2009. www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/11/09/091109crbo_books_kolbert
- "The Homer of the Ants" [rev. of Anthill: A Novel, by E. O. Wilson], by Margaret Atwood. The New York Review of Books 57, 6 (April 8, 2010). www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/apr/08/the-homer-of-the-ants/
- "Hosed: Is there a quick fix for the climate?" [rev. of Levitt and Dubner's SuperFreakonomics and Al Gore's Our Choice], by Elizabeth Kolbert. The New Yorker, November 16, 2009. www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/11/16/091116crbo_books_kolbert
- "Solar by Ian McEwan: McEwan excels at climate science but his one-dimensional protagonist makes you shudder." By Jason Cowley. The Observer [Arts magazine of the Manchester, UK Guardian]. Saturday 13 March 2010. www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/mar/14/solar-ian-mcewan
II. Related to Course Texts
- GLOBAL WARMING AND FLOWERING TIMES IN THOREAU'S CONCORD: A COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE. Abraham J. Miller-Rushing and Richard B. Primack. Ecology 89, 2 (February 2008): p332-341. www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/07-0068.1
- "Serena: The Story Behind the Book" [Ron Rash's comments on how he wrote the book, posted at the site of his literary agent; no date], http://www.rusoffagency.com/authors/rash_r/serenat/behind_serena.htm
- Carolina Panthers. By Dan Lazar, Director of Education, Western North Carolina Nature. 2010. www.wildwnc.org/education/naturalists-notes/carolina-panthers
- "Ron Rash Feature." Ten poems by Rash, a western North Carolina poet who will read at ETSU on Tuesday evening, Feb 7, 2012. Story South dot com, Summer 2002. www.storysouth.com/summer2002/rashfeaturepoems.html. Accessed January 2012.
- Rehabilitating Carson: Why do some people continue to hold Rachel Carson responsible for millions of malaria deaths? by John Quiggen and Tim Lambert, Prospect May 2008
- ''Rachel Carson, Mass Murderer?: The creation of an anti-environmental myth.'' Aaron Swartz, ''Extra!'' [F.A.I.R.], September/October, 2007.
- RachelWasWrong.org. "Uncovering Silent Spring's Deadly Consequences," by the Competitive Enterprise Institute
- In Florida, Despair and Foreclosures, by Damien Cave, NY Times online, Feb 7, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/us/08lehigh.html
- Restoration of the Everglades, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades_restoration
- Julia Butterfly Hill profile on NBC Dateline News Magazine, Feb 14, 1999 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFRdy7o3DPE&feature=related
- "The Danger of Cosmic Genius [on Freeman Dyson]." By Kenneth Brower. The Atlantic Magazine. December 2010. www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/the-danger-of-cosmic-genius/8306/
III. Authors Online
- Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma. Hunter Library Special Collections and the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University. http://www.wcu.edu/library/digitalcoll/kephart/
- "A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf," by John Muir, at sierraclub.org
- The Canons of the Colorado (first paper: Down the Green River), by John Wesley Powell, Scribner's Monthly 9, 3 (January 1875): 293-311
- The Canons of the Colorado (second paper), by John Wesley Powell, Scribner's Monthly 9, 4 (February 1875): 394-409
IV. Environmental Writing
- "The Story of Stuff." 20-minute animated video/ lecture by Annie Leonard. About extraction/ manufacture/ disposal cycle. www.storyofstuff.com/
- Climate Progress. "A liberal blog on the science, solutions, and politics of climate change. Also offers related links." Edited by Joseph Romm. climateprogress.org
- Grist.org. Environmental journalism.
- Orion Magazine. One of America's premier venues for nature writing and environmental policy essays.