ENVI 311(F) America's Nature, and Nature in the Americas (Same as Comparative Literature 311) (W)*
American and Latin American literatures offer a case study on the dissemination of environmental values through transnational networks, and on the role of those very environmental values in defining national or local identity against colonialism. Where do Euro-American attitudes end, and others' begin? When Euro-American environmental attitudes are imposed to others, and when are they appropriated by others? Our focus, in this case, is the presence of the American environmental imagination in Latin American literature and culture. US authors included are: James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and William Faulkner. From Latin America: Andres Bello (Venezuela), Domingo F. Sarmiento (Argentina), Jose Marti (Cuba), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba), and Rosario Castellanos (Mexico). In addition, we will test the critical value of this approach by following current environmental struggles taking place in Latin America where American environmentalism is involved. All readings in English. Format: seminar/discussion. Requirements: Active participation in class discussions. Oral presentation. Two short papers of 5 pages each comparing two texts from both traditions in light of the theoretical readings. One 12-page final paper on the student's thesis for the readings as a whole. Prerequisites: one 100-level literature class or permission of instructor. (Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 19). Preference given to Environmental Studies concentrators and Comparative Literature/Spanish majors. This course satisfies the "Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences" requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration.