Primary Sources

Print page

Except for the essay by Ansel Adams and the short story by Owen Wister, participants are expected to read and listen to the following materials in advance of the seminar.  The costs for all of the materials can range from $40.00 to $104.00 depending on your preferences (print, Kindle, or free at sources like Gutenberg Project, Google Books, and Youtube).

  • "It All Turns on Affection" by Wendell E. Barry (online here)
  • The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow (Canto Classics Edition in print or Kindle edition)
  • Genesis 1-2 (online here)
  • "Man's Place in the Universe" by John Muir (online here)
  • "The American Forests" by John Muir (online here)
  • "On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals" by Thomas Huxley (online here)
  • Selections from American Indian Myths and Legends (print or Kindle edition)
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens (Print or Kindle edition, also free at the Gutenberg Project and Google Books)
  • Pictograph: Poems by Melissa Kwasny (print or Kindle edition)
  • The New Organon by Francis Bacon. Part I, #s 1-50 (online here)
  • Discourse on Method by René Descartes. Parts I, II, VI (online here)
  • "The Artist and the Ideals of Wilderness" and "Problems of Interpretation of the Natural Scene" by Ansel Adams (on seminar Moodle page)
  • "Bad Medicine" by Owen Wister (on the seminar Moodle page)

Secondary Sources

The following scholarly articles will be available on the seminar Moodle page to participants as part of the seminar.

  • Harrison, Peter. "Subduing the Earth: Genesis 1, Early Modern Science, and the Exploitation of Nature." The Journal of Religion 79, no. 1 (1999): 86-109.
  • Hulme, Mike. "Meet the Humanities" Nature Climate Change 1, no. 4 (2011) 177-79.
  • John, Gareth E. "Yellowstone as Landscape Idea: Thomas Moran and the Pictorial Practices of Gilded-Age Western Exploration." Journal of Cultural Geography 24, no. 2 (2007): 1-29.
  • Landry, Alysa. "Native History: Yellowstone National Park Created on Sacred Land." Indian Country Media Network. (1 March 2017). Online here.
  • McWenie, Megan. "Seeing Nature: Ansel Adams in the Human and Natural Environments of Yosemite." Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council - Online Archive 161 (2005): 57-71.
  • Miller, Nathaniel. "The Pit." Virginia Quarterly Review 86, no. 4 (2010), 138-53.
  • >Ott, Cindy. "A Visual Critique of Ken Burns's the National Parks: America's Best Idea." The Public Historian 33, no. 2 (2011): 30-36.
  • Parham, John. "Dickens in the City: Science, Technology, Ecology in the Novels of Charles Dickens." Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 10 (2010). Online here. 
  • Piquemal, Nathalie. "From Native North American Oral Traditions to Western Literacy: Storytelling in Education." The Alberta Journal of Education Research XLIX, no. 2 (2003): 113-22.
  • Sverker, Sörlin. "Environmental Humanities: Why Should Biologists Interested in the Enviroment Take the Humanities Seriously?" BioScience 62, no. 9 (2012): 788-9.
  • Spaulding, Jonathan. "Yosemite and Ansel Adams: Art, Commerce, and Western Tourism." Pacific Historical Review 65, no. 4 (November, 1996): 615-39.
  • Thevenin, Benjamin. "Princess Mononoke and Beyond: New Nature Narratives for Children." Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture 4, no. 2 (2013): 147-170.
  • Woods, Gioia. "Sci-Animism: American Poetry and Science." Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15, no. 2 (2008): 199-210.