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CHID 270 A: Special Topics

The Water Crisis in Literature and Film

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
LOW 101
SLN: 
22667
Instructor:
Richard Watts

Syllabus Description:

THE WATER CRISIS IN LITERATURE AND 

We will interpret a variety of documents and objects—literature (e.g., Masters of
the Dew), cinema (e.g., Even the Rain), landscape architecture (from the fountains
of Versailles to the Brightwater sewage treatment plant)—that address the
cultural significance of water with the aim of understanding how water’s meaning
is changing as we become more conscious of risks in supply posed by pollution
and natural/man-made scarcity and as access to it is increasingly mediated as a
result of its privatization, commodification, etc. While no ten-week course could
pretend to give a comprehensive and global view of a problem as complex as our
relation to water, we will study novels, essays, films and other cultural documents
from Western Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, Asia, the Caribbean, and
North America with a view to understanding the differential distribution of the
water crisis and the variety of aesthetic responses to it.

Additional Details:

We will interpret a variety of documents and objects—literature (e.g., Masters of
the Dew), cinema (e.g., Even the Rain), landscape architecture (from the fountains
of Versailles to the Brightwater sewage treatment plant)—that address the
cultural significance of water with the aim of understanding how water’s meaning
is changing as we become more conscious of risks in supply posed by pollution
and natural/man-made scarcity and as access to it is increasingly mediated as a
result of its privatization, commodification, etc. While no ten-week course could
pretend to give a comprehensive and global view of a problem as complex as our
relation to water, we will study novels, essays, films and other cultural documents
from Western Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, Asia, the Caribbean, and
North America with a view to understanding the differential distribution of the
water crisis and the variety of aesthetic responses to it.

Catalog Description: 
Each special topics course examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:11am
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