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C LIT 210 A: Literature and Science

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
SMI 102
Joint Sections: 
ENGL 265 A
Gary Handwerk

Syllabus Description:

This class will examine how science circulates across society, in particular, how it gets told as stories and what issues are at stake in formulating it in narrative terms.  The scientific enterprise has enormous effect in the modern world across all sectors of life; how citizens and non-scientists in a given country understand its nature and purposes is crucial for the impact that it has.  We will be looking at texts oriented toward a wide popular audience, across several different areas of science—from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (environment) and Stephen Weart’s The Discovery of Global Warming (climate) to Devra Davis’s When Smoke Ran Like Rain (epidemiology) and Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge (ornithology, pollution), as well as dipping back in time to look at portions of Darwin’s Origin of Species and the topic of evolution.  Class work will include frequent, ungraded low-stakes journal writing and e-responses, plus several short (3-page) analytical essays.  Course provides VLPA and W-credit.

Catalog Description: 
Introduces the rich and complex relationship between science and literature from the seventeenth century to the present day. Students examine selected literary, scientific, and philosophical texts, considering ways in which literature and science can be viewed as forms of imaginative activity.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
November 13, 2018 - 9:12pm