Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Poetics of Ecology

Instructor: Ray Mize

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As a study of organisms and their relationships with their environments, ecology has become an important discipline in the last quarter of the twentieth century.� Yet, this study of relationships is as old as humans-at least sensitive, creative humans.� "By degrees we may come to know the primitive sense of the permanent objects of nature, so that the world shall be to us as an open book, and every form significant of its hidden life and final cause" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).� This course will examine certain writers, among them Emerson, Thoreau, Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Peter Matthieson, Wendell Berry and the poet Gary Snyder. We will seek a better understanding of our place in the world, our huge responsibility for this world, and the urgent need to wake up to the human-made problems that threaten all of human existence.

Required Texts (may change - check with instructor that these are the texts for the current class offering before purchasing)

Abbey, Edward

Desert Solitaire

Dillard, Annie

Pilgrim on Tinker Creek

Leopold, Aldo

Sand County Almanac

Thoreau, Henry David


Selected Essays and Poems by Peter Matthieson, Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

Field trips included

Last Update: February 6, 2017