AMS 354 / ART 355 / ENV 373

Creative Ecologies: American Environmental Narrative and Art, 1980-2020

Allison Carruth

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This seminar explores how writers and artists–alongside scientists and activists–have shaped American environmental thought from 1980 to today. The seminar asks: How do different media convey the causes and potential solutions to environmental challenges, ranging from biodiversity loss and food insecurity to pollution and climate change? What new art forms are needed to envision sustainable and just futures? Course materials include popular science writing, graphic narrative, speculative fiction, animation art, documentary film, and data visualization along with research from anthropology, ecology, history, literary studies, and philosophy.

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