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New Course Supplement 2016

WGSS 62.03 Gender and the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene—the era of human impact on the planet—is a gendered concept as well as a geological one.  Humans have changed the planet, sparking extremes of liberation and oppression, hope and despair. Environmental change asks us to reimagine gender, race, class, and national identity as we consider the relationship between the human and the natural.  

Brides, monsters, witches, cyborgs, and aliens often figure as gendered avatars of the Anthropocene in literature.  We will examine literary works including The Tempest, Frankenstein, Ceremony, and The Handmaid’s Tale in the context of feminist ecology, science studies, and environmental criticism.  Feminist and queer theory have complicated kinships with ecocriticism: we will trace out theoretical conversations among Carolyn Merchant, Val Plumwood, Silvia Federici, Vandana Shiva, Donna Haraway, Gayatri Spivak, Jane Bennett, Monique Allewaert, Tim Morton, and others.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:CI

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