Topics in Ecocriticism

This assignment comes from the course “Topics in Ecocriticism” Course description:
Students appraise a selection of fictional and non-fictional texts through the frame of
ecocriticism, the study of the relationship between human cultural expressions and the environment. Through these readings and related interdisciplinary secondary sources, students examine such ecocritical concerns as dualism, place, morality, activism, and justice. They also foster a critical awareness of the agency of their own writing and of
the interplay between science and culture in this socially proactive branch of literary studies. Ecocriticism necessarily involves questions of sustainability, and by following this inquiry students assess the notion of environmental crisis–its social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions; the human actions (or inactions) that contribute to ecologically compromised states; and the role of artists and scholars in the pursuit
of ecological preservation. Through a variety of individual and collective learning activities and assessments, students develop creative solutions to the “problem” of the environment, leveraging knowledge and imagination for positive social application beyond the classroom. INTRODUCTION:
Phase I of this final assignment represents an opportunity for you to synthesize the ecocritical concepts, thinking, and practice that you have been exposed to in this course. Further, it will allow you to write analytically and creatively about an environmental issue that interests or concerns you. REQUIREMENTS:
It may be helpful to think of this assignment as part research essay, part memoir. While you will be incorporating sources and research into this assignment, you will
also write from the first-person (“I”) voice and relate the subject to your own experience. What’s more, while the precise structure of the assignment is up to you, your piece should have an over-arching focus and should maintain an organizational
structure. In other words, although a traditional thesis statement isn’t a requirement, your assignment should have a discernible purpose and should progress through unified paragraphs. Your Phase I project should include the following:
 An evaluation of an instance of environmental disaster or injustice supported by facts (at least SEVEN valid research sources). Remember, you are to use first-person language in your writing—an approach here could be to start by addressing why the subject interested you, then move on to detail the process and findings of your research, etc.  An analysis of the impact of your chosen environmental disaster or injustice on human or non-human populations. One goal here is to cultivate an awareness of the ways in which nature and culture are inherently connected.


Approximately 250 words