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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MES 301 - Rachel Carson, Maine, and the Environment

In this course, students will take a chronological approach to the study of Rachel Carson’s life and work, reading her books in the order in which they were written, with attention to the role of “place,” specifically the Maine coast, in fostering her achievement as a nature writer and in shaping her vision as an environmentalist.  Some of the questions the course will pose and attempt to answer are: what role did the Maine coast play in enabling Carson to understand the importance of the conservation of “wild” spaces?  In what ways did Carson’s experience of the Maine coast contribute to her knowledge and understanding of the sea - a central theme in her work - in all its physical and metaphorical dimensions?  And how did Carson’s establishment of a permanent home on the coast of Maine facilitate her development as a science and nature writer?

General Education Requirements: Population and the Environment and Writing Intensive

Course Typically Offered: Variable

Credits: 3