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Ecology, Activism, and the Image of Nature HAD-441

3 Credits

This course treats the interrelations among images of nature, theories of the environment, and political activism. Beginning with a broad survey of the traditions of landscape painting in Europe and the United States, the class will shift to the development of these subject areas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will examine topics like the uses of verbal and visual arts to express conceptions of nature, the tension between "rugged individualism" and ecological theory, the complex relationship between "rugged individualism" and ecological theory, the complex relationship between the state and environmental activism, and the influence of modern and postmodern abstraction on artists' concern for the environment.