Aarhus, Denmark

Introduction to Environmental Literature

when 25 July 2022 - 12 August 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 830

This course explores the basic question: what is environmental literature? Together with the students, we answer this question by examining the representation of environment and environmental issues in a selection of literary texts within diverse international contexts. Students are given an introduction to various theories, approaches and trends used to understand and analyze how different writers across the globe represent their environments and environmental issues historically, provisionally and anticipatively. We will consider how those approaches and trends impact our understandings of, and reactions to environmental issues and the non-human world. The course examines diverse texts including short stories, novels, poems, and science fiction. The chosen texts are from all corners of the globe, and are written in any number of languages. To be more specific, we use literary analysis to decipher the form and content of the course texts to identify how and why poets, dramatists, and fiction writers have addressed environmental questions. By comparing and contrasting different literary texts and their different representations of environment and environmental issues, we identify shared concerns and images indicative of environmental literature in general.

Course leader

Jihan Zakarriya

Target group

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 830: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1373: NON-EU/EEA citizens


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