ENG 200: Ecocomposition
Ecocomposition asks us to think and write relationally, to practice careful attention to our environments and the complex connections we share with other beings, both human and nonhuman. When we understand ourselves as fully enmeshed in our world—not the masters of it—we can start to dismantle nature/culture and human/nonhuman binaries that have contributed to our contemporary crisis known as the Anthropocene. Sidney Dobrin and Christian Weisser have argued that “identifying nature as an object separate from human culture and life aligns it as an object that humans may act upon rather than within” (10). With that in mind, we will situate ourselves as writers connected and responsible to our specific locations, communities, and ecosystems, and explore how, in our current epoch of rapid climate change, we might find new ways to think, write, and flourish in and with our damaged, vulnerable world.
This is a writing intensive class, requiring 4,000 words of formal writing (16 pages).
Possible assignment will include a Research Project, smaller Correspondence assignments, remediated/remixed compositions, and collaborative group writing.