Engl 3050 Literature and the Environment, Spring 2018

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Online Readings
last update: January 9, 2018



- Here are various texts and sites that will interest students in this class. 

- 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 --odonnell@etsu.edu


I.  Book Reviews

- "Fighting Deforestation and Capitalism: How a Woman’s Refusal to Leave a Tree Helped Preserve the Redwoods" [review of The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill, 2000].  By Amanda Nicholson.  Written for Engl 3050 Lit & Environment, Spring 2015.  faculty.etsu.edu/odonnell/2015spring/engl3050/1505_luna_rev_by_nicholson.pdf 

- "Book World: Barbara Kingsolver’s novel approach in ‘Flight Behavior’."  By Ron Charles.  The Washington Post, October 30, 2012.  www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-world-barbara-kingsolvers-novel-approach-in-flight-behavior/2012/10/30/4722523e-1d14-11e2-9cd5-b55c38388962_story.html 

- "The Butterfly Effect: ‘Flight Behavior,’ by Barbara Kingsolver."  By Dominique Browning.  The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, November 9, 2012. 


 - "Couple Creates an Empire by Felling Trees and Anyone in Their Way" [review of Serena].  By Janet Maslin, The New York Times, October 5, 2008.  www.nytimes.com/2008/10/06/books/06masl.html

- "The Homer of the Ants" [review 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?" [review 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

- The Man Who Thinks Trees Talk to Each Other. [Review of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.]  The Guardian [Manchester UK], September 12, 2016.  www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/12/peter-wohlleben-man-who-believes-trees-talk-to-each-other 

- "Mother Nature as a Hothouse Flower."  [Review of Bill McKibben's The End of Nature.]  By David Graber.  The Los Angeles Times, October 22, 1989.  articles.latimes.com/1989-10-22/books/bk-726_1_bill-mckibben 

- "The Sky is Melting." [Review of Bill McKibben's The End of Nature.]  By Nicholas Wade. The New York Times, October 8, 1989.  www.nytimes.com/1989/10/08/books/the-sky-is-melting.html 

- "The Tragedy of the American Wolf, Up Close; Plus two more books we're reading this month."  [Review of American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee.]  By Christopher Keyes.  Outside Magazine Online, Oct 30, 2017.  www.outsideonline.com/2255766/leader-pack 

- "Why Not Frack?" By Bill McKibben. The New York Review of Books. March 8, 2012. www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/mar/08/why-not-frack/


II.  Various Articles Related to Course Texts

- "Meddling With Monarchs." By Margaret Renkl. The New York Times, October 5, 2017.  www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/opinion/monarch-butterfly-migration-extinction.html


- "How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches." By Hiroko Tabuchi. The New York Times, Dec. 29, 2017.  www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/climate/google-search-climate-change.html


- "‘Climate Change Is Real’: Many U.S. Companies Lament Paris Accord Exit." By Daniel Victor. The New York Times, June 1, 2017.  www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/business/climate-change-tesla-corporations-paris-accord.html 


- "Carolina Panthers."  By Dan Lazar, Director of Education, Western North Carolina Nature.  2010.  www.wildwnc.org/education/naturalists-notes/carolina-panthers


- "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


- "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is." Bill McKibben. Rolling Stone Magazine, July 19, 2012. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719


- Julia Butterfly Hill profile on NBC Dateline News Magazine, Feb 14, 1999 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFRdy7o3DPE&feature=related


- "Margaret Atwood: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, 50 years on." By Margaret Atwood. The Guardian [Manchester, England]. Friday, December 7, 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/dec/07/why-rachel-carson-is-a-saint


- "Ron Rash Feature."  Ten poems by Rash.  Story South dot com, Summer 2002.  www.storysouth.com/summer2002/rashfeaturepoems.html.  Accessed January 2018. 


- "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


- "Wendell Berry pulling his personal papers from UK: Writer protesting coal's influence."  By Cheryl Truman.  The Lexington Herald Leader, June 23, 2010.  www.kentucky.com/2010/06/23/1319383/wendell-berry-pulling-his-personal.html


III.  Authors Online

- The Poetry Foundation's Joy Harjo page: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/joy-harjo 


- Joan Maloof.  www.joanmaloof.com 


- Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma.  Hunter Library Special Collections and the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University.  www.wcu.edu/library/digitalcoll/kephart/


- "John Muir Writings" at Yosemite Online, an unofficial Yosemite website.  www.yosemite.ca.us/john_muir_writings/

- "The John Muir Exhibit," at sierraclub.org.  vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/default.aspx


- 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

- Grist.org.  Environmental journalism. 

- Orion Magazine.  One of America's premier venues for nature writing and environmental policy essays. 


V.  Materials Used in Class 

- B. Kingsolver, Flight Behavior, discussion questions.  At "lit lovers" web site: www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/13-fiction/8988-flight-behavior-kingsolver?start=3