Nature's Meanings

Nature's Meanings: The American Experience
What we think of as "nature" today is the result of a complex and fascinating history. The many meanings of nature emerge from Americans' experiences of the physical world and their understandings of, and contests over, their place in that world. This course will investigate how American meanings of nature have changed from European-Native contact to the present. How have changing meanings reshaped American culture and the natural environment? These questions will be addressed from historical, literary, religious, and philosophical perspectives. Readings may include: Emerson, Thoreau, Marsh, Muir, Leopold, and Carson, as well as other Euro-American and Native American writers. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
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ENVS 0215

All Sections in Fall 2009

Fall 2009

ENVS0215A-F09 Lecture (McWilliams)
ENVS0215X-F09 Discussion (McWilliams)
ENVS0215Y-F09 Discussion (McWilliams)