This course will explore the varied ways in which the natural world, or the “other than human world,” has been imagined and experienced through embodied practices and creative acts throughout American history. The course will examine indigenous ways of knowing and understanding that situate of the human integrally within the broader planetary community.
- Module 1 — Roots: What is “spirituality”? What is “sacred” beyond the diversity of varied religions and rituals? How and why is it connected to the verdant natural world around us?
- Module 2 — “Turtle Island”: The Beat Poets and American Buddhist Ecocriticism
- Module 3 — Decolonizing the Spiritual
- Module 4 — Ecopraxis: Greening Spirituality on a Warming Planet