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ENG121Q - The Lives of Rivers


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M. Wright

Course Long Title

The Lives of Rivers

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In this colloquium, students read broadly-from the magical waterways of classical antiquity to the American folk tradition that takes us "down by the riverside"-in order to better understand the human need to write about rivers. Students consider verse by Whitman, Walcott, and Spark alongside Twain's stories of Huckleberry Finn and the classic angling novella A River Runs Through It. From the local riparian zone on the banks of the Androscoggin, students follow contemporary currents of ecocritical inquiry, investigating moments when the landed human body is literally or figuratively swept away by a torrent of fresh water.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

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