English Course: Cultures of the Anthropocene

The Department of English is offering its Cultures of the Anthropocene (IDH 3035-U13) course this Spring Semester.

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The Anthropocene is recognized as a geological age in which human activity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Some scholars claim the Anthropocene began in the early 19th century with the onset of industrialization. Authors, artists and filmmakers during the past 300 years have engaged with nature and climate change in many ways. In this course, students will study the relationship between literature, art, film and the environment. Rather than turn to art, literature and film as a guide to current environmental practices, students will focus on cultural discourses that open up philosophical, political and ethical investigations about one’s relationship to the environment. Readings will include poetry, novels and non-fiction prose from the last three centuries.

Amy Huseby will teach this remote course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Huseby’s research explores the relationship between British literature of the long nineteenth century and the representational capacity of numbers, with particular attention to questions of gender and sexuality, imperialism, political
economy and the emerging social sciences.