Environment in the Literary and Visual Arts

Concentration Adviser: Jane Costlow

This concentration allows students to focus on particular literary and/or visual approaches to the human place in the environment (for example, how a particular lyric poet or photographer has seen and represented the natural world), or to focus on a range of literary and/or visual approaches to a particular aspect of the environment (how Ktaadn was depicted and written about in the 19th century, or how urban nature is represented by contemporary American writers).  Students who elect this concentration should have completed several other courses outside these requirements, in the historical or cultural contexts and in the methods of analysis germane to this concentration. Consultation with instructors is essential.

This concentration is designed by the student no later than his or her sophomore year, in consultation with, and by the approval of, Professor Jane Costlow.

The design of the concentration must meet the following criteria:

  1. a coherent five courses, six if a necessary prerequisite for a course is involved
  2. the courses must focus on at least two different cultures, or include two different literary genres, or two different visual media, or a literary genre and a visual medium, and should include a course in literary, visual or cultural theory
  3. one of the courses must be a seminar
  4. one of the five courses may be an independent course (360 only).

Courses that count for the fourth course (200- or 300-level) requirement within the core:

Concentration Requirements:

Current courses which usually are available for this concentration include (but are not limited to):

From time to time special course offerings are listed.