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Ecology in English (English 300) Notes

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Excluding 1/28/2016, these are the notes from Professor Sen's 'Ecology in English'.
Ecology in English
Professor Malcolm Sen
Professor Malcolm Sen, Ecology, english, Environmentalism, Environment, Cli-Fi, natural
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Date Created: 01/28/16
1/19/2016 Ecology: Coined by Ernest Haekel (1800’s) ­ Cycle/Balance of Life  Derived from the Greek Olkos = Homestay or study of the house  Economy ­ Stems from Olkos (sub­study) Environment (Defining Perspectives):  Physical sense/ where ecology happens and can be predicted  Relates to nature/area or space  Natural/without outside interference World Literature: Literature beyond a single perspective/Involves the world as a whole  James Joyce: “Mistakes are portals of discovery”  Goethe ­ Recognized the changes in perspectives through language (world lit.)  Marx/Engels ­ Acknowledges World Lit. as a Imperialistic and Capitalistic Product. Globalization: ‘All is one, one is all’  extends beyond national, culturalized or political  Universal secular view Climate Change (Defining Perspectives):  CO2 Emissions ­ Cause and effect  Human Impact (effects on ecology)  Break in weather patterns with disastrous consequences on all species (Nature vs.  culture)  Elizabeth Colbert ­ 6th Extinction: Listed Possible consequences of climate change or  worst possible outcome.  Humanity: Geological Agents  Effects will go on for millions and trillions of years Cli­Fi: LIterature with Climate Theory  Imagination with Scientific Theory 1/21/2016 Climate Change  Defining Perspectives:  Human Impact on the Environment  Habitat loss and species extinction  Unpredictable or Extreme weather events  Agricultural effects and food scarcity  Diseases (medical) Barbara Kingsolver ­ Cli­Fi Writer, worked in Ecology and Environmentalism  Flight Behavior: very descriptive, sets up descriptively and very well.  Plays into anxiety  through delay and procrastination.  ‘Age of Destruction’ ­ Time is a significant element.  This plays against the modern  ‘instant gratification’ of our time and plays into how Climate Change is avoided in the face of great  ecological destruction.  Monarch Butterfly ­ Gives purpose to the main character’s life.  This connection is a  surrogate of how their survival and existence is crucial to human survival (i.e. Great  Pollinator Race.)   Gives a personal significance = address Ecological necessity.  Change in Pattern:   Change is adaptation through mutation and behavior (i.e. Evolution  = how a recessive trait becomes dominant because of how it plays in towards a species  survival in its ecology.) ­> Climate Change ­ Vast in scope as it is unpredictable, making it difficult to discuss. ­> Instant Gratification ­ Capitalism is of Immediate consumption (i.e. keeping ‘up­to­ date’), which is the WRONG approach when it comes to Climate Change. ­> Stories ­ beyond the hurried pace of the political, economical and technological  viewpoints.  (i.e. delayed information: taking the time to gather the information rather  than having it displayed immediately.) 11/26/2016 Flight Behavior:   Economy vs. Ecology: Even though society is built to grand heights, it’s built on many  theories and observations from the natural world. (Humanity IS nature.)  Economy depends on natural resources and capitalistic principles of production and  service for the lowest price relates to survival, but is founded on the balance of ecology  Effects overtime, not as immediate.  Fight or Flight = Climate change forces many species to move unwillingly from their  homes in order to survive.  This change is a part of ecology and reflects into climate  change.  Ex: A Mexican family is forced to move from their home because of a landslide (with the  butterflies.)  ‘Waking­Up’ ­ When a change happens that affects a person to see something they  didn’t take into account (Della Robbia with Ecology because of the Butterflies)  Even with Education, feelings of insignificance and inability prevent us from doing  something about Ecology/Climate Change. 2/2/2016 Green Economics: Sustainable Economics  End product of an eco product is ‘green’­ness ­ not the commodity itself   Helped the environmental movement become the center of the late capitalistic economy  (not just a fringe movement.) How does Environmentalism fit into capitalistic sense?  Gas Consumption/Alternative Fuels  Organic Foods  Reuse/Recycle Environmental Humanities: Field that critiques materialization of the natural (as a commodity  itself)  acknowledges the multiple layers in ecology (cause and effect)  Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Critiques the extracts of national environments (i.e.  nationalities, colonization, nations, ect.)  ‘A Colony becomes a Postcolony when it becomes independent’ (i.e. Postcolonial =  Nation) 1. Nation = Amorphous concept (vague and unclear) 2. Why do we classify ‘Nationalities’? ­ Korean, Japanese and Chinese 3. Biggest misconception is independence 4. Global Commons  ­ ‘What is vs. What is desired to be’ 5. Thinking of a Postcapitalist Future ­ changing consumer behavior + the concepts  of ownership Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh:  Political vs. Ecological  Takes place on an island threatened by ecological and political forces.  How is meaning produced? = style, language and how the story is told.  Gap between reader and character ­ allows vision and envisioning.   Connai ­ Outside in perspective


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