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[Past Event] Ecopoetics (p.4)

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Course Description:

We can think of ecopoetics as exploring the ways in which we, through language and imagination, "make our house." In this course, we will examine how ecologically minded literature reimagines our place in this world in order to facilitate a change in our behavior toward a sustained coexistence with our environment. We'll explore the possibility that, in order to survive, we must broaden our perspective toward the preservation of the unhuman. We'll also look at how various writings reveal, through shifts of language, linguistic traps that chain us to an adversarial and egocentric view of the world. Writers we will read will include Gary Snyder, Jane Hirshfield, Robinson Jeffers, Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, and more.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 *10:00-11:30am* (4 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Arleen Tarantino is an adjunct professor at Monterey Peninsula College where she teaches Critical Thinking and College Composition. Her current studies focus on the confluence of linguistics, postmodernism and modern science.