2019 - Prof. Robert Boschman

Canadian visiting professor 2019: Robert Boschman

In the coming summer term, Prof. Robert Boschman will teach at the English Department of Kiel University. He is professor in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and specializes in environmental and ecological approaches to American literature. You can learn more about his photography here.

Prof. Boschman will be teaching two classes this coming summer.

Boschman: A Settlers' Wilderness?: Representations of Nature in American Literature and Culture (pdf poster)
From the early seventeenth century to now, "wilderness" has captivated the American psyche and been projected on to landscapes from Alaska to Florida through various forms of textual and cultural discourse. This course includes literary and critical texts from Anne Bradstreet's Puritan depiction of Nature in "Contemplations" to Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road. Course readings will be diverse, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, drama, journalism, correspondence, diaries, film, still images, and popular non-fiction accounts, but always with a focus on how Old World ideas and ideals regarding the "natural" affected, impacted, and shaped the so-called New World in ways that linger today. Discovering how the Columbian Exchange continues to impact Turtle Island will also mean taking into account Indigenous texts.
Please purchase the following book: McCarthy, Cormac. 2006. The Road. All other texts will be made available on OLAT. Please be advised that the course can at times be graphic and harrowing.

Boschman: On this Ground: Extraction, Consumption, and Hope in the Environmental Humanities (pdf poster)
Recent cultural production provides intense opportunities for examining where we humans are environmentally—and where we might find ourselves in the near future. Under the rubric of extraction and consumption, and in the context of the Environmental Humanities, this course will involve focused analyses of text and media, including the graphic novel, the still image, short and feature films, websites, and critical theory. Topics include climate change in the age of Trump; sacred and toxic spaces; uranium extraction and its different legacies; the environmental vampire; and meat as a vector for despoliation and disease. Don't worry, we will look for signs of hope, particularly in the company of trees! And especially now, the Environmental Humanities may provide the space for generating new scholarship for the years ahead.
Please purchase the following books: Denomme, Ariane. 2018. 100 Days in Uranium City, Conundrum Press [Graphic Novel].; Latour, Bruno. 2018. Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime; Niles, Steve and Ben Templesmith. 2002. 30 Days of Night, Issues 1-3. ISBN: 0-9719775-5-0 OR more likely for the 2017 reprint ISBN 978-1-63140-936-3 . [Comic Books.] All other texts will be made available on OLAT. Please be advised that the course can at times be graphic