ENGL479E - The Contemporary Global Novel

In this course we will read novels and poetry from the Anglophone world (England, Australia, South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean) as well as a couple of novels by US ethnic writers that engage directly or indirectly with ecological and environmental issues. We will also view films and watch some art that deals with topics such as waste, garbage and the significance of water in the 21st century. We will examine how literature represents the environment and ask whether literature can have any impact on issues such as toxicity, pollution, nuclear catastrophes, natural disasters, greening and other modes of saving the planet. There will be three short essays  (2-3 pages) a mid term and a final essay (5-7 pages).

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.