Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ken Cooper teaching CLI FI class at SUNY Geneseo this semester as cli fi trend in college classes gets another boost

College classrooms go 'cli-fi' as academia wakes up to rising new literary genre



ENGLISH 203 - Reader and Text: ''Cli-Fi'' | Professor Ken Cooper 8:30am-10:10am at SUNY Geneseo.edu


This course, along with its kindred sections, aims to develop your working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating them to contexts; your understanding of the theoretical questions that inform conversations about textual meaning and value; and your competency, as writers, in the discipline of English. 
We will begin by analyzing some print and electronic texts from the emergent genre of ''cli-fi'': renditions of the present & future inflected by anthropogenic climate change. 
Representative works may include Paolo Bacigalupi’s "The Windup Girl," Barbara Kingsolver’s "Flight Behavior," Mr Cuaron’s "Children of Men," and the Cape Farewell/ADRIFT project. 
There will be at least one zombie apocalypse. 
We then will consider this defining subject of our times in relation to your own intellectual work, particularly regarding disciplinary knowledge and its boundaries. Approaching the culture of climate change via its narration, poetics, and latent metaphors may provide one answer to the question “What do you do with an English major?

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