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EN3202 Literature and Ecology

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:11.00 am Thu and 11.00 am Fri

An introduction to the history of ecology-related literature from the transcendentalists to the present, including the nature writing tradition, ecocriticism and writing as ecology. Beginning with Emerson and Thoreau, we examine how a transcendentalist philosophy of nature influenced English-language works in the UK and USA; we also address a number of schools or trends, including feminist, regional, naturalist, Native American and other indigenous thinking, as well as the implications of ecocritical writing for a wider field, including other literary-critical approaches, economics and history. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English. Optional for Sustainable Development.

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture and 1 seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof J Burnside
Module teaching staff:Prof J Burnside