Mentor: Byron Caminero-Santangelo
Ecocriticism: Understanding how Literature and Environmental Studies Interact - Ecocriticism examines how the relationships between humans and the natural environment are reflected in literature. Over the past two decades, ecocriticism has developed across literary and artistic genres, cultural histories, theoretical frameworks, and research and teaching methods. Is this rapidly growing field helping or hurting students? Literature provides the opportunity to ask important questions such as, what is nature? and what is the relationship between humans and nature? The research will examine how literature and literary studies can be used most effectively in undergraduate environmental studies courses.