Green thought in a green shade
Literature and the Environment
15 September 2017
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English teachers at secondary I and secondary II-levels
“Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life“ (V. Shklovsky). How can literature help us reconnect with the non-human world in the Anthropocene ? Through lectures and discussions, the course will introduce participants to relevant literary texts and modes of reading, and to ecocriticism as probably the most topical and compelling emergent critical approach in the Humanities today.
Six renowned scholars will share their favourite works and teaching strategies to sensitize students, teachers and the general public to this crucial issue. Participants are encouraged to share their views on the role that literature, poetry and art-making can play in heightening a sense of connectedness with the fragile beauty of the non-human world and the need to preserve it for future generations.
- Learn new ways of approaching literature, film and cultural artefacts from an ecocritical perspective (Environmental Humanities)
- Experience the ways in which writing is uniquely open to reader participation and critical reflection about larger social/cultural issues in a time of global ecological crisis
- Reflect on the relation between aesthetics and ethics through poetry, short prose, novel and film, including sci fi and popular culture
- Enhance our sense of the beauty of nature and our relation to the environment and the non-human world through relevant pedagogical strategies and teaching resources
- Share your experience of teaching eco-literature
- Stimulate reflexion on the role that literature can play in confronting one of the most pressing challenges of our time
- A certificate of participation will be delivered at the end of the course.
Morning lectures :
(8.45 a.m.-12.00 p.m.)
- Welcome by Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère
- Of birds, bugs, poets and trees: Undersongs of the natural world (Rachel Falconer)
- The Sketch: A Tradition of American Environmental Writing (Agnieszka Soltysik)
- The Economy of Reading and ‘the lingua vernacula of Walden Pond’ (Boris Vejdovsky)
Afternoon lectures and activities :
(1.30 p.m.-4.00 p.m.)
- Global collapse and ecological catastrophe in post-apocalyptic literature from 1950s to the present (Marc Atallah)
- Reading in the Anthropocene: Theory and Conrad (Nidesh Lawtoo)
- Walking workshop based on Where My Wellies Take Me (Rachel Nisbet)
- Q & A session
(4.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m.)
- Book exhibition and networking
Through lectures, discussions and practical elements, the course will introduce participants to a range of perspectives that can be taken on the topic of literature and the environment.
Participants are strongly encouraged to do some preparatory reading.
- English Department, Faculté des lettres, Université de Lausanne
Head of training
- Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Head of Continuing Education for English and Comparative Literature, UNIL
assisted by Marie Emilie Walz
• Marc Atallah, Senior Lecturer in French Literature, French Department, UNIL & Director of Maison d’Ailleurs
• Rachel Falconer, Prof. of Modern English Literature, English Department, UNIL
• Nidesh Lawtoo, Assistant professor, ERC principal investigator, University of Bern
• Rachel Nisbet, English Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, English Department, UNIL
• Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Prof. of American Literature, English Department, UNIL
• Boris Vejdovsky, Prof. of American Literature, English Department, UNIL
Date and schedule
- 15 September 2017, 8.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
- UNIL-EPFL Campus, Lausanne
Course fee :
- CHF 200.–*
Including refreshments & lunch.
* based on the price of the last edition
to be determined